Better measures needed to assess pain, depression in older adults, study finds

Older adults may be experiencing pain and depression, but cognition impairment and other factors may too often prevent them from conveying those issues to doctors and caregivers.

Providing caregivers and clinicians with better observational tools and measures may make it easier to detect signs of pain, anxiety and depression in older patients, according to a new study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine.