How to Help Older Adults Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is defined as any pain that persists well past the point of alleviation. In other words, if the pain should have been relieved, but is not, then a chronic level of pain may have set in.

This type of pain is highly common among seniors and can be caused by many different things such as injuries, or various medical conditions. This is also why it can be difficult to properly pinpoint and report. The proper treatment for chronic pain depends on the severity and location, but for seniors, there are some ways that an assisted living community like Heritage Woods of DeKalb can help manage and even relieve the pain symptoms with some simple, everyday steps.

  • Maintain physical activity

While exercising and moving around may seem like the last thing you want to do when experiencing serious pain, our bodies function better with movement. Low-impact activities like walking, biking, swimming or even gardening will help increase strength and joint fluidity, and lower stress. This will help reduce inflammation and stiffness from being inactive.

  • Keep a healthy diet

Along with exercise, a healthy diet is crucial to staying strong. When you get the proper nutrients that your body needs, it reduces inflammation and water retention, which can lessen pain symptoms. Good nutrition also helps your body function better overall.

  • Eliminate unhealthy habits

High levels of stress can manifest physically in a number of ways. If you’re already experiencing chronic pain, there is a chance for stress to cause the symptoms to worsen. Additionally, unhealthy habits such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption will not only increase stress levels, but they’ll dehydrate your body and cause an imbalance in important daily routines such as sleep, diet, and exercise.

Conversely, healthy habits such as reading, gardening, meditation, and friendly social activities with neighbors will help you lower stress, stay active, and personally engaged, all which help keep your mind and body in good balance. This will help reduce pain symptoms as well.

For more information about how an assisted living community can help older adults manage chronic pain, visit our website or call 815-787-6500.

Heritage Woods of DeKalb

2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd

DeKalb, IL 60115