With average life expectancy rising, a significant shift in the age distribution takes place in favor of the elderly population all over the world. In developed countries, the percentage of individuals over the age of 65, which was 17.5% in 2002, are expected to rise to 36.3% in 2050, and individuals over the age of 80 are expected to triple. However, health-related issues in the elderly are still more neglected. The elderly, due to physiological changes in the body, multiple drug use and increased co-morbidities with aging, are tend to get sick more often than non-elderly population, also prone to drug-drug interactions, atypical presentation instead of the usual symptoms, and more sensitive to the side effects of treatment. For these reasons; diagnosis, treatment and follow-up in older individuals requires a special approach. Pain is the most frequently reported symptom in the elderly and is one of the most serious problem affecting the quality of life.
Raim Iliaz, Approach to Pain in the Elderly
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