03/03/2014 11:16 am ET Updated Mar 03, 2014

The Perils Of Toughing It Out

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Into every life, a little pain must fall.

My friends and I, all well into our Medicare years, often joke that if nothing hurts, you must be dead. In truth, pain is not a normal part of aging, experts note, and should not be ignored.

Yet studies have found that elderly patients are less likely than younger adults to report pain to their doctors. Instead, many suffer in silence at considerable cost to the quality of their lives.

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