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Understanding the Impact of Pain and Dementia

One in five Australians lives with chronic pain. This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65. Up to 80% of people with dementia in residential aged care services experience some type of pain (Pain Australia) and some reports suggest even higher prevalence.

Knowing how to identify and manage the symptoms of pain in people living with dementia is an important part of a carer’s role. This guide provides an overview of dementia and the pain experience, helping to identify and manage pain in dementia patients.