Chronic Pain Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia in Study of Older Adults

Back view of senior man in pain

Maria Glymour, ScD, MS, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was among UCSF researchers who have found that older people with persistent pain show quicker declines in memory as they age and are more likely to have dementia years later, an indication that chronic pain could somehow be related to changes in the brain that contribute to dementia.

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