2017-09-19 - Pain Management Talk at Ashburton Senior Centre

Firstly, we would like to thank the Ashburton Senior Centre for giving the Chinese Nurse Association the honour to bring a variety of helpful and practical health knowledge to the community. Our Pain Management talk reached their Senior Centre on the 19 September 2017 and gave the attendants a better insight into how to better care for themselves and enjoy their senior years.


Our Registered Nurse lecturer explained how to use medication and natural ways to relieve pain in their bodies to better improve their mobility and their quality of life.


Many of the attendants mentioned that they are faced with the physical challenge of dealing with pain every day. They often don’t go out due to the inconvenience and some also could not sleep well at night. In order to reduce the discomfort they are faced with, they often rely on pain killers. Many of them were concerned about the side effects of long term pain killer use including addition, heart issues or other health burdens. Even though they require this, they try their best not to rely on it too often.


Our Registered Nurse took this precious opportunity to further educate on the good qualities of medicine as well as how to use heated wheat bags, light exercises and other non-drug ways to reduce the pain.


When the attendants were thankful for our educational talk, we felt that the purpose of Chinese Nurse Association Australia was achieved.


首先感謝永樂長者中心的邀請,讓澳大利亞華人護士協會有這個榮幸在9月19那天,將各種有幫助且實用的健康知識帶進他們的社區當中,期望這些專為高齡族群設計的講課可以讓長輩們了解如何將自己照顧得更好,享受令人愉悅的退休養老生活。


就如這次,我們的註冊護士講師為聽眾講解如何使用藥物及非藥物緩解他們身上的疼痛,讓他們懂得如何與疼痛共處,提高他們的生活品質。


許多年長的叔叔阿姨們都有身體疼痛的困擾,常常因為手臂,腰,腿或關節的疼痛而無法出門活動,有時晚上還因此無法好好的睡覺,為了減輕疼痛,只能倚靠醫生開的止痛藥,希望可以藉由藥效,讓自己的日子可以過得舒服一點,但是,有些長輩們卻擔心使用止痛藥會不會有副作用,比如:藥物成癮,心臟病或造成內臟負擔等等,即使醫師開藥了,也堅決不吃。


註冊護士講師便藉由這次寶貴的機會,為藥物止痛方式好好辯白一下,除了教育長者們如何使用像熱敷,做伸展操等非藥物方式來降低疼痛,更是讓他們破除對止痛藥的迷思,讓他們可以放心的按照醫生的囑咐使用藥物。


當叔叔阿姨們能夠因為我們的關心,而露出笑容,了解更多在澳大利亞的養老訊息時,我們澳大利亞華人護士協會的創辦目的便達到了。

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