Pain Management With the Elderly

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Co-developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. and Taylor & Francis, PLC

This course was developed based on articles published by the Taylor & Francis group. Taylor & Francis, PLC has granted permissions to Zur Institute to include these scientific studies as part of the course content. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

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Course fulfills MI and other states' Pain Management requirements. Check with your licensing board.

General Course Description

Two trends underline the importance of pain management for the elderly: the steadily aging demographics and the growing recognition that mind and body are no longer considered a dichotomy, but are interdependent. Psychotherapists and physicians both have come to understand that effective pain management involves more than pharmacological interventions and that somatic complaints, especially those with medically unexplained causes, should not be dismissed as just something in people’s heads.

In this 3 CE intermediate level course comprised of four text articles, part one discusses pain management for the elderly related to specific medical or mood disorders—arthritis, depression, anxiety and complicated grieving. Part two discusses pain management in senior residential centers. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach psychotherapists to

  • Discuss pain assessment and treatment related to depression, and complicated grieving.
  • Describe the benefits and implementation of somatic work with arthritic patients.
  • Discuss non-pharmacologic pain management in residential facilities for the elderly.


Brennan, P., Greenbaum, M., Lemke, S. & Schutte, K. (2019). Mental health disorder, pain, and pain treatment among long-term care residents: evidence from the minimum data set 3.0, Aging & Mental Health, 23:9, 1146-1155, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1481922

Condon, S., Parmelee, P. & Smith, D. (2019). Examining emotional intelligence in older adults with chronic pain: a factor analysis approach, Aging & Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1673308

Poonam M., Kaur, M., Smith, C. M., Mani, R. & Baxter, G. D. (2018). Ageing well with chronic musculoskeletal pain: protocol for a systematic review of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at reducing pain in an ageing population, Physical Therapy Reviews, 23:6, 330-337, DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1540167

Course Syllabus:

  • Pain management for arthritis
    • Prevalence of arthritis
    • Creating a meaning for exercise
  • The relationship between pain and depression
  • Pain management for people with medically unexplained symptoms
  • Pain management for people with medically explained symptoms
  • Pain and complicated grieving
  • Pain management in residential centers for the elderly
    • Exercise
    • Stretching
    • Massage
    • Transcutaneous energy stimulation
  • Resources and references for further study
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Cost: $29.00

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