Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 18 December 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 50, p. oa1
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2002.50.oa1]

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The Burden of Pain on the Shoulders of Aging

As people mature, they sometimes accumulate wealth, friends, and knickknacks. They also accrue minor aches and major pains. Research into the pain felt by the elderly is slowly maturing.

Mary Beckman

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sageke;2002/50/oa1

Abstract: More than 9% of the world population is older than 60. With age comes additional vulnerability to pain and the accumulation of insults that can engender ongoing misery. Insights into molecular and cellular aspects of pain might help escort people more comfortably into the senior ranks, but research that specifically addresses pain in the elderly is only now gearing up. Although a comprehensive understanding of how aging affects pain--and vice versa--is far off, experts report a good outlook for helping the millions of undertreated older people who experience pain on a daily basis.

Citation: M. Beckman, The Burden of Pain on the Shoulders of Aging. Science's SAGE KE (18 December 2002), http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sageke;2002/50/oa1

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