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Date: July 7th, 2003

Washington, D.C.- The Alliance for Aging Research has a new tool for helping manage the aches and pains associated with growing older. Take Care of Yourself, Take Control of Your Pain gives an overview of how to recognize, understand, and safely treat pain. The free brochure provides the latest information, including advice from the American Geriatrics Society’s 2002 guidelines for controlling persistent pain in older people. 

“A popular misconception of aging is that pain is just something we have to live with,” stated Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research. “In reality, there are many steps that can be taken to minimize the amount of pain in your daily life.” 

The brochure encourages consumers to take control of their aches and pains by educating themselves on the different types of pain and the variety of treatment options available. Included in the brochure: 

  •       The difference between everyday pain and persistent pain
  •       Healthy lifestyle choices which may prevent pain from occurring
  •       When is the right time to seek medical help
  •       Common treatment options that are available, including over-the-counter medications
  •       Ideas for treating your pain without medications


Copies of Take Care of Yourself, Take Control of Your Pain may be obtained by calling 202-293-2856 or at http://agingresearch.org. Interviews with Daniel Perry may be arranged by calling 202-293-2856.

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Founded in 1986, the Alliance for Aging Research is a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging. The Alliance combines the interests of top scientists, public officials, business executives and foundation leaders to promote a greater national investment in research and new technologies that will prepare our nation for the coming senior boom, and improve the quality of life for today's older generation.