Persistent Pain  /  Age - A Major Risk Factor

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    • Persistence of Pain Increases with Age  
    • Around 50% of non-institutionalized older adults suffer from persistent pain.  
    • Between 62% and 83% of institutionalized elderly in the U.S. report a pain problem and 17% have substantial daily pain.  
    • A survey of U.S. nursing homes found that in most states, at least 39% to 46% of residents are in persistent pain.  
    • Surgery is a common cause of persistent pain, and adults ages 65 and older are 2.6 times more likely to have surgery than those ages 45-64.  
    • Shingles–a common cause of persistent pain–affects 1 in 3 Americans in their lifetime, with half of all cases occurring in people age 60 and older.  
    • Around half of adults 65 and older have been diagnosed with arthritis, a common cause of persistent pain.  
    • The risk of developing invasive cancer, a common source of persistent pain, increases from 1 in 69 for men and 1 in 46 for women under the age of 39,…  
    • A community-based survey found 28.8% of men and 26.6% of women reported feeling pain at sampled times. The average pain rate increased with age.