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Although incontinence can occur at any age, it's often a challenge for seniors, particularly if they struggle with mobility issues. Managing incontinence starts with understanding the underlying causes, then exploring tactics for minimizing its impact on the quality of life.
Common Causes of Incontinence in Seniors
Numerous reasons can cause urinary incontinence, where a person accidentally leaks urine. From a medical perspective, incontinence often happens because the muscles in and around the bladder don't work correctly. As a result, something as ordinary as a sneeze, a laugh, or lifting a box can trigger leakage.
The weakening of bladder muscles or malfunctions in the bladder can result from:
Incontinence can also occur among elderly patients with dementia or Alzheimer's who may not realize they need to void their bladder or who can't find the bathroom in time. Arthritis can slow movement, too, preventing seniors with reasonable bladder control from getting to the restroom in time.
An evaluation by a physician will help determine a management plan for incontinence. You (as a caregiver) or your senior patient will need to provide a medical history and medication use. Be sure to include details about the incontinence, such as when it occurs, how often, how much, and if other symptoms are present. The doctor will likely conduct tests for urinary tract infections and kidney function and measure how well the patient empties his or her bladder.
Helping Seniors Manage Incontinence
Depending on the results of the medical exam, a senior dealing with incontinence may benefit from one or more of the following options:
If you're a caregiver or have a senior parent who needs support, we recommend these additional tactics to minimize the chances of incontinence:
Contact Kerr Medical for Support with Incontinence
The Urology Care Foundation estimates that between 25 and 33 percent of men and women in the U.S. suffer from urinary incontinence. Solutions are available to ease the distress and discomfort of incontinence for every patient, including seniors. After talking with a physician about a recommended treatment plan, visit Kerr Medical's online store or call us at 888.254.3444 to order incontinence support products.