Ageing well: Manage pain

In Singapore, a local study done in 2016 reported the prevalence of chronic pain in the elderly at about 20 per cent.
In Singapore, a local study done in 2016 reported the prevalence of chronic pain in the elderly at about 20 per cent.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Pain, which is more common in the elderly, can reduce one's quality of life, and as the population ages, there will be more elderly people suffering from pain.

Worldwide, studies have indicated that up to half of older adults who live in the community and 45 to 80 per cent of those in nursing homes suffer from chronic pain.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2018, with the headline 'Manage pain'. Print Edition | Subscribe