Pain is a common occurrence in older people and it impairs their physical performance. It is believed that the bouts of depression suffered by older people are the usual causes of pain because both have a negative effect on their lifestyle whether they occur simultaneously or individually. The purpose of this article is to explore the factors that cause pain including the impact of social and psychosocial factors on pain onset. It will also test the hypotheses of the potential differences between the quantities of relationships versus the quality of those relationships.
The association of pain with depression is challenging which could result in diagnostic and therapeutic indecisiveness ‘and the use of multiple medications by patients. Contemporary studies of around 20,000 adults in some European countries found that 28% of adults with even one depressive symptom usually suffered acute pain and 43% of adults with major depression problems suffered from chronic pain. Studies carried out by the Canadian Community Health Survey of 1,18, 533 adults found that around 20% suffering from the chronic back were clinically depressed as compared to 9% of the entire population. Depression and pain are usually associated with the onset of age and both have a damaging effect either separately or in combination.
Because the incidence of pain increases with the occurrence of old age diseases, the association between depression and pain becomes more evident in the elderly. Pain causes serious setbacks in a person’s daily activities, but it is not necessary that people suffering from chronic pain are also depressed or that depressed people are suffering from pain because there might be other factors in the relationship between pain in older adults besides depression. Studies have revealed that incidences of pain caused by depression affect men more than women and also have a direct bearing on the severity of the pain.
Adults from the lower income class who are not well educated and who consume more analgesics suffer pain for longer periods. The primary hypotheses are that older people who are socially isolated belong to lower income groups especially older men are more likely to suffer pain which induces other diseases such as dementia syndromes and depression. Some people believe that pain comes naturally with old age, and sometimes the elderly are unable the reason for their pain, but just complain about the pain that they are experiencing. Both reasons are wrong because there is always a reason for the occurrence of pain.