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Handbook of Pain and Aging : The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging - David I. Mostofsky

Handbook of Pain and Aging

The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging

By: David I. Mostofsky (Editor), Jacob Lomranz (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th November 1997
ISBN: 9780306454585
Number Of Pages: 395

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From time to time, professional journals and edited volumes devote some of their pages to considerations of pain and aging as they occur among the aged in different cultures and populations. One starts from several reasonable assumptions, among them that aging per se is not a disease process, yet the risk and frequency of disease processes increase with ongoing years. The physical body's functioning and ability to restore all forms of damage and insult slow down, the immune system becomes compromised, and the slow-growing pathologies reach their critical mass in the later years. The psychological body also becomes weaker, with unfulfilled promises and expectations, and with tragedies that visit individuals and families, and the prospect that whatever worlds remain to be conquered will most certainly not be met with success in the rapidly passing days and years that can only culminate in death. Despair and depression coupled with infirmity and sensory and! or motor inefficiency aggravate both the threshold and the tolerance for discomfort and synergistically collaborate to perpetuate a vicious cycle in which the one may mask the other. Although the clinician is armed with the latest advances in medicine and phar­ macology, significant improvement continues to elude her or him. The geriatric specialist, all too familiar with such realities, usually can offer little else than a hortative to "learn to live with it," but the powers and effectiveness of learning itself have declined.

The Psychology of Pain and Sufferingp. 3
A Brief History of Pain Perception and Pain Tolerance in Agingp. 19
Chronic Morbidity and Disability in the U.S. Elderly Populations: Recent Trends and Population Implicationsp. 37
The Assessment of Pain in the Elderlyp. 69
Nutrition, Disability, and Health in the Older Populationp. 97
Managing Pain in the Institutionalized Elderly: The Nursing Rolep. 129
Rehabilitating the Elderly in Return to Workp. 155
Coping with Pain in Old Agep. 167
The Role of Pain in the Cascade from Chronic Illness to Social Disability and Psychological Distress in Late Lifep. 185
Pain and Psychological Function in Late Lifep. 207
Hypnosis and Pain Relief for Older Personsp. 227
Management of Chronic, Nonmalignant Pain in the Elderly: Experience in an Outpatient Settingp. 241
Cancer Pain in the Elderlyp. 267
Pain in Osteoporosis and Paget's Disease in the Elderlyp. 309
Oral Facial Pain in the Elderlyp. 321
Exercise in Aging and Pain Controlp. 347
Behavioral Treatments for Pain Experienced by Older Adultsp. 365
Indexp. 383
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ISBN: 9780306454585
ISBN-10: 0306454580
Series: The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 395
Published: 30th November 1997
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 2.2