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Some older adults with dementia at high risk of having pain

Older adults with dementia who live at home are at high risk of having pain, according to UC San Francisco researchers, and creative interventions and programs such as home-based palliative care are needed to manage their pain adequately.

"As a hospice nurse caring for people in their homes, I have seen many patients with dementia who suffer from distressing pain," said lead author Lauren Hunt, RN, MSN, physiological nursing PhD student at the UCSF School of Nursing. "I was motivated to conduct this research study to understand the issue from the broader national prospective. It turns out that pain is very common in this population and is frequently severe enough to limit activities."

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