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April 2014

Updates from TRIPLL!

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIH funded Edward R. Roybal Center. Our eNewsletter features recent news, events, and funding opportunities related to pain and aging. In this issue we highlight studies that address the relationship between pain and depression, chronic leg pain, and barriers to self reporting pain among older adults; as well as upcoming events and recent pain and aging related funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 

Depression and Pain among Older Adults

The authors of a recent study published in Orthopaedic Nursing

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examined evidence among older adults that suggests that "depression and chronic pain co-occur, and both experiences tend to worsen as the number of comorbidities increases." The results indicate that the "majority of participants reported the presence of bodily pain," and that "more severe pain correlated with a higher number of comorbidities and worsening depression." The authors conclude that the "prevalence and impact of pain and other co-occurring conditions suggest their importance in planning care for the elderly with arthritis."


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Chronic Leg Pain among Older Adults

The authors of a recent study published in Pain Management Nursing "aimed to develop a grounded theory to describe and explain the experience of pain and its impact, as reported by older adults who had pain associated with chronic leg ulceration." The authors conducted in-depth interviews with 11 older adults age 65 and older, who were cared for by home care nurses." The authors found that "ulcer pain has acute properties, and if this is not managed effectively, or ulcers do not heal, persistent pain may develop with severe comorbidities." The authors conclude that "health care professionals must understand and acknowledge the persistent and long-term nature of pain in this patient group."


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Barriers to Self-Reporting Pain among Older Adults

The authors of a recent study published in the British Journal of

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Nursing conducted an extended literature review to identify barriers older adults encounter when self-reporting their chronic pain. The authors found that "attitudes such as stoicism, beliefs such as pain being a necessary part of ageing, and the external barriers generated by health professionals, all have a multidimensional relationship with the 'decision' to seek help for pain." The results imply that there is a need for "improved communication between health professionals and patients during the more comprehensive assessment of chronic pain."


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 Upcoming Events

The following section includes upcoming seminars, meetings, wellness courses, and conferences that  focus on aging, pain, or research methods

TRIPLL's  April Work-in-Progress Seminar 

TRIPLL will host a Work in Progress (WIP) seminar on  April 23, 2014 from 12:00PM -1:00PM EST. The WIP is an open forum designed to improve the research proposals of junior and senior researchers, faculty, and health care professionals. Contact Marcus Warmington at with questions or to register.  
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TRIPLL's April 2014 Webinar 

Susan Leveille, PhD;  Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts will make a presentation titled "The Problem & Consequences of Multisite Pain in Older Adults," on April 28th from 3:00PM-4:00PM EST.


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33rd Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society

This conference will take place from April, 30, 2014- May, 3, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Conference participants will discuss how pain affects more lives than the total number of lives affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain is a leading cause of disability and a major public health problem. As the United States' premier pain meeting, the American Pain Society (APS) provides attendees with a unique forum for sharing advances and standards in evidence based pain research and treatment by colleagues from all disciplines in pain, in a setting that encourages interactions between scientists and clinicians.


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2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 
This conference will take place on May, 15, 2014 - May, 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. The 2014 Annual Meeting will address the educational needs of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, health care administrators, and others can update their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations.  

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The following Wellness Course is for Community Dwelling Older Adults


Stretch Yoga for Older Adults   

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The purpose of this course is to help older adults stretch and tone their bodies with simple, gentle body movements that will help them feel active, energized and relaxed. Stretch yoga combines gentle stretches from sitting and standing positions (during the last 20 minutes older adults will have a choice of sitting or lying down); breathing techniques for relaxation and stress reduction; visualization and concentration skills to help develop an awareness and sensitivity to personal energy. Space is limited to 15 participants. 


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Funding Opportunities

Recent pain and aging related funding for health care professionals, senior academic researchers, and junior faculty 


Recent Pain and Aging Related Funding
NIH NIA Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity 
: National Institute of Aging 
Funding Amount: TBD
Due Date: May 8, 2016
Overview: Purpose: To increase diversity in the scientific research workforce engaged in research on aging and aging-related health conditions within NIA's strategic priorities. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be enrolled in a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-degree program (e.g., Dr. PH., D.NSC. and Sc.D.), a formally combined M.D. /Ph.D. program or other combined professional/clinical and research doctoral program in the biomedical, behavioral and social, and clinical sciences at an accredited domestic institution. 


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Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research
Funder: National Cancer Institute
Funding Amount: TBD
Due Date: Rolling Submissions
Overview: New advances are needed in every area of pain research, from the micro perspective of molecular sciences to the macro perspective of behavioral and social sciences. Research to address these issues conducted by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research teams is strongly encouraged, as is research from underrepresented, minority, disabled, or women investigators.

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Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care 
Funder: National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Aging
Funding Amount:TBD
Due Date: January 16, 2015
Overview: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations. This FOA emphasizes studies in a variety of settings including ambulatory care, hospitals (and specific sites within hospitals including specialty wards, intensive care units and emergency departments), assisted living facilities, and short- and long-term care facilities; however, hospice and end-of-life settings are not included within the scope of this FOA, as they are the subject of other NIH programs. 

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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIA funded Edward R. Roybal center with a focus on persistent pain due to both cancer and non-cancer related causes. TRIPLL is a collaboration between investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC, Inc.