Can someone with dementia experience pain?
People with dementia experience pain the same as anyone else. Individuals with a dementia diagnosis are often at a higher risk for events that cause pain such as falls and injuries. We should not assume a person with dementia is not experiencing pain especially if they have physical conditions indicative of aches and pain such as arthritis or a past surgery.
The difference is that a person with dementia may have lost the ability to communicate that they are in pain. They may express their discomfort in atypical ways such as by displaying responsive behaviours. There are a number of pain assessments that look at pain symptoms and signs beyond verbal expressions of pain such as facial grimacing, sleep patterns, appetite, and mood.