Researchers hypothesized that swearing would reduce tolerance of pain due to "catastrophizing." Lo and behold, 64 college students proved otherwise in a Keele University study in the U.K.
According to Dr. Richard Stephen's team of researchers:
"(T)he pain-lessening effect occurs because swearing triggers our natural ‘fight-or-flight’ response. They suggest that the accelerated heart rates of the volunteers repeating the swear word may indicate an increase in aggression, in a classic fight-or-flight response of ‘downplaying feebleness in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo.’ What is clear is that swearing triggers not only an emotional response, but a physical one too, which may explain why the centuries-old practise of cursing developed and still persists today."
Not sure if those around you will approve of this particular form of therapy but if they object, you can just note the research that supports swearing as a form of pain management. They may not all see the humor in such a movet! But then again, they may, and if the word gets out, seniors centers all around the world just may get a tad bit noisier.