In people with dementia, pain is believed to be under-recognized and under-treated. The brain changes associated with various types of dementia are believed to have an impact on pain expressions. Many behavioral expressions that interfere with care and a persons’ well-being may be related to pain but can be misdiagnosed as psychological symptoms of dementia. There are several tools that can be used to help identify if pain is a root cause so interventions can be initiated. Non-medication and pharmacological guidelines exist to address different pain types and can improve quality of life across all care settings.
- Summarize how dementia impacts pain perception and expression
- Identify tools that can be used to assess and document pain in people with dementia
- Utilize professional guidelines for treating pain with nonpharmacological approaches and medication management.
Presenter: Dr. Cathy Ciolek, President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC
CEUs: PHCA has applied for one CEU for nursing home, assisted living and personal care home administrators.
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