Pain Management during Later Life

Among older adults, pain is prevalent, costly, and frequently disabling. Behavioral interventions such as psychological therapies and exercise programs are among the recommended treatments for pain, but research is needed to enhance their effectiveness and long-term benefits.

Karl Pillemer and Corinna Loeckenhoff, Human Development, are part of an interdisciplinary, intercampus research team organized through Cornell’s Roybal Center, the Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL), that is developing potent and scalable behavioral interventions for pain. The team, which includes clinical researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and computer scientists at Cornell Tech, will focus especially on older persons from minority populations and other underrepresented groups, such as older persons with cognitive impairment, rural-dwelling older adults, and those aging with HIV.

In support of its goals, TRIPLL will conduct a vibrant investigator development program; provide effective infrastructure for developing new technologies that can enhance behavioral interventions’ effects; and leverage the intellectual, fiscal, and other resources of the project’s collaborators to achieve results that would not be attainable by any one institution.

Three new strategic partners are participating in the collaboration: the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement, the Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation, and the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. The research will inform effective behavioral interventions to increase the health and wellbeing of older adults who are adversely affected by pain.

NIH Award Number: 2P30AG022845-16

Cornell Researchers

Funding Received

$948 Thousand spanning 5 years