How to Manage Chronic Pain


Tips from the Team at Wesley Enhanced Living

Growing older comes with benefits such as senior citizen discounts, and the ability to enjoy more time with friends and family and explore your hobbies.  It also comes with other givens, such as grey hair, hearing loss, and slower movements, and unfortunately, sometimes, chronic pain. The good news is that you do not have to suffer through the aches and pains that try to dampen your senior years. Instead, you can take control and learn to manage those aspects that are not necessarily part of the aging process and live your best life now.

The team at Wesley Enhanced Living retirement communities knows there are a variety of causes for pain in the elderly, and they are ready to help you mitigate it. From nutritious meals in our dining rooms to exercise classes, we give you the tools you need to control the aches so you can have the quality of life you deserve.

Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

When you are in continual pain, your sleep is often affected, you may move much slower, and you might even suffer from depression. All of these hinder your ability to enjoy your retirement years. Here are a few tips to help you manage your discomfort:

  • Have an Honest Talk with Your Doctor: Often we think that pain comes with age. That is not the case. Sit down with your physician and discuss where you hurt, what seems to alleviate it, and when it most often occurs. This can establish a basis from which you can work together to mitigate your discomfort.
  • Take Your Medications as Prescribed: If your doctor prescribes medication, take it as directed. The older you get, the longer it may take a drug to take effect. So, give it some time and note any side effects you may experience.
  • Consider Non-Traditional Means: Sometimes additional options may give you the relief you seek. For example, acupuncture or massage therapy might release muscle tension and ease the pain.
  • Stay Active with Exercise: Moving may hurt, but not moving could hurt worse. Engage in activities such as weight training, stretching, walking, yoga, or Pilates. When done correctly, they can be useful.

Mitigate Chronic Pain with Help from Wesley Enhanced Living

Avoid additional complications from chronic pain when you take a proactive role in your treatment. Talk with your doctor and be patient as you experiment with new tools. Have someone in your corner to help when you move to a retirement community at Wesley Enhanced Living. Our seniors enjoy independent living, personal care, as well as, other levels of assistance. Don’t let chronic pain define your golden years.

Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones.  Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own, give you a tour and inform you of our range of services.

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