Pain Management


You probably know when you are feeling pain. The important thing is to let your healthcare provider know:

  • The location of the pain
  • The intensity of the pain
  • Activities you are unable to do due to the pain
  • How often you feel the pain
  • How long the pain lasts
  • What soothes it or makes it worse 
Your self-report is the crucial link that will allow you to get the treatment you need.  You are the best source of information on your pain.

Pain in Older Adults with Dementia

If you are caring for an older person with dementia, memory, thinking, or communication problems, they may be unable to tell you what they are feeling. They may express pain in other ways such as changes in behavior or usual activity. Look for:

  • Restlessness, agitation, irritability, resistance, or guarding behaviors
  • Crying, moaning, or groaning
  • Limping or frequently shifting position
  • Pained facial expressions, such as grimacing
  • Depression
  • Changes in usual daily activities, including fewer social interactions
  • Refusal to eat
  • Disturbed sleep

Last Updated July 2020