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Managing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions among older adults. Opioid medications are commonly prescribed to manage chronic pain.

Older adults are often more vulnerable to the adverse effects of opioids and other medications due to alterations in metabolism associated with aging.

Photos of older adults engaging in yoga, massage, and holding a small dog.

There are many other ways to manage pain:

  • Massage can improve mood, reduce stress, promote muscle relaxation and improve circulation
  • Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, tai chi, or yoga
  • Physical therapy - any movement, big or small, can help to improve blood flow and decrease pain
  • Pet therapy can help to distract and relax yourself
  • Ice or heat packs can ease pain in specific locations with little to no side effects