Advancing research to improve quality of life in older adults

Older person grabbing their painful wrist

Advanced age is associated with both an increased risk of dementia and pain.

Unfortunately, pain is often misinterpreted as a dementia-related behavioral disturbance, leading to overuse of psychotropic drugs to blunt the behavior, which can lead to poorly managed pain.

Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Nursing are leading science to understand differences and disparities in pain assessment and management to help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and the caregivers who support them.

Read about the research of Drs. Todd B. Monroe and Karen O. Moss

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