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acute pain
caused by injury, surgery, illness, trauma, or by a medical procedure that is short term in duration
discrimination against older adults
class of drug specifically created to relieve pain
inability to feel pleasure
chronic pain
lasts over three months
imbalanced relationship where a person enables another person’s self-destructive behavior
cognitive impairment
alteration in cognition that causes a decline in memory and thinking that happens with age and many medical and inherited factors
comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)
multidisciplinary assessment that identifies the functional, medical, and psychosocial capabilities in an older adult
ego integrity
resolution of crises and acceptance of life in final stages
healthy aging
supporting the body and well-being, including functional ability through aging
ineffective coping
inability to employ personal strategies to manage psychological distress
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
medications that provide mild to moderate pain relief and also reduce fever and inflammation by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins
compound drug that is derived from or synthetically resembles opium and has addictive properties
organizational health literacy
degree to which organizations enable individuals to find, understand, and use information to make informed, health-related decisions
client behavior that can be measured in response to an intervention used by a nurse
pain scales
tool used to measure pain as reported by clients
personal health literacy
ability to obtain, understand, synthesize, communicate, and apply health-related information
reversible cognitive impairment caused by severe depression
quality of life (QOL)
extent to which life is comfortable or satisfying
person’s active involvement in their own health-care decisions and intervention to promote their own best possible wellness with the help of the medical team
when the same dose of a drug has been given repeatedly, clients demonstrate a reduced response to pain medication
transition of care
movement of a client from one setting to another, including their care plan
to think about problems or issues that may happen in the future that cause anxiety

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