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"The self-help program presented in this book was developed by pain researchers and addresses seniors who experience chronic pain. ... The book contains a number of tables, illustrations and, at the end of chapter 1, a 4-page pain checklist which helps to define and circumscribe the pain situation on an individual basis. There is also a list of myths and untruths (such as pain is normal for the elderly, etc.) which have to be dispelled to convince seniors to seek help and efficiently take care of their pain. In the same way, chapter 2, ‘Pain and Psychology’ proposes a pain diary which helps to define as precisely as possible the type, nature and intensity of pain. Chapter 6 on exercise gives details with rich illustrations on movements to be performed. The importance of natural posture is illustrated in chapter 7, as well as the right way to set up the work place, as postural problems play an important role in osteoarticular pain. The book is very user-friendly. It deserves to be translated into other European languages and distributed to organizations caring for elderly people."
Gerontology; May 26, 2009, reviewed by Dr. L. Robert (read full review)
"This manual fills a niche with its specific focus on orientating the information provided to the unique life circumstances of older adults. ... Health care professionals will find the guide very useful as a support for treatment of older patients with persistent pain problems, especially if they familiarize themselves with the checklists and other tools, and make use of these resources to assist their patients in building self-help capacity for pain management. Older adults who heed the advice to use the manual in consultation with appropriate health professionals will obtain the maximum value, but even those who elect to use the manual independently will enhance their knowledge about important lifestyle, behavioural and interventional-related issues that influence the course and intensity of their persistent pain problems."
Pain Research and Management (Volume 13, Number 5, September/October 2008), reviewed by Maggie Gibson (read full review)
"I found this book to be very helpful. It offers self-assessment checklists, progress charts, photos and illustrations, and simple instructions for managing persistent pain."
The Pain Community News, newsletter of the American Pain Foundation (Fall 2008,Volume 8, Issue 3), reviewed by Mary McHughes
"It is a pleasure to see a book aimed at those who suffer from chronic pain that does not resort to alternative medical strategies of little proven benefit. Furthermore, the book carries the strong message that reducing one's pain is a function of the physical and psychological work that the sufferer undertakes. ... I think that this book could be an important accessory for those who provide care to the geriatric population."
APS Bulletin (Volume 18, Number 2, 2008), reviewed by Dr. John D. Loeser (read full review)
"The authors are experts in their fields and the comprehensive information [is] set out in a clear and usable manner. Professionals might want to have this guide available and copy pages for their patients. It would be a useful resource in residential care, as well as being a 'bible' to any older adult with pain or caring for someone in pain."
Alzheimers News, The National Newsletter of the Alzheimers New Zealand Inc. (Issue 75, September 2008), reviewed by Dr. Chris Perkins
"The text is carefully and clearly written with chapter-long discussions of topics which often include useful charts and diagrams. This reader-friendly book, which is published in ample-sized print, has several strengths beginning with its sensitivity to older adults (not simple referring to them in the title as 'seniors' as in other guides). ... Emphasis is given to realistic goals and resisting thoughts that bring on depression and despondency."
Fibromyalgia Frontiers, The Quarterly Journals of the National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc. (2008, Volume 16, Number 2)
"I was impressed by this book. In clear language it describes what pain is, how it should be assessed (questionnaires, scales, etc), and how it can be effectively managed. There are chapters on the psychosocial aspects of pain as well as the role of exercise and nutrition. The sections on physical care and exercise are well illustrated with photographs. In general, chronic pain is often not well treated or fully appreciated, and I think this book would be a useful resource for an older adult seeking practical solutions for managing their chronic pain."
e-Newsletter from the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, reviewed by Roger Woodruff, May 2008