Psychological approaches to coping with pain in later life

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A psychological model of coping with the demands of aging is outlined. Chronic pain is conceptualized as a challenge to normal aging, because it threatens identity, risks affective disorder (depression), and interferes with action. The sparse evidence for psychological interventions is reviewed, and a case is made for the types of interventions that should be developed to address the specific presentation of geriatric pain management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-771
Number of pages9
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Coping
  • Evidence
  • Older adults
  • Psychology


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