Facts and Myths About Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults

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Urinary incontinence in older adults can be addressed by a health care professional.

Urinary incontinence in older adults can be an embarrassing subject for those who experience it. The preconception behind the problem frequently contributes to individuals having either a lack of facts or believing in some common myths about incontinence. Following are some incontinence myths and the facts to be aware of instead: Myth: Urinary incontinence is inescapable as we age. Fact: Although aging does boost the risk for incontinence, many senior individuals are able to maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly never be considered as a standard or inevitable part of the aging process. Myth: Urinary incontinence cannot be cured in older adults. Fact: This is not the truth in a lot of circumstances. There are ways that incontinence can be addressed with success. Myth: Consuming as little water as possible will lower the risk of incontinence. Fact: Often older adults restrict their fluid intake in the erroneous perception that drinking less will reduce the degree of their incontinence. However, restricting fluids leads to more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes the problem worse. Drinking lots of fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and functionality. Myth: Urinary incontinence is very rarely a problem for men. Fact: Men are less prone to talk about the issue with family members or doctors, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per National Association for Continence estimates, around 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men. When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other delicate medical challenges in older adults, you can count on the professional in-home care team at Advanced Home Health Care to provide the customized care services with dignity and respect that allow for the utmost independence, safety, and comfort. We’re here with a wide range of services for older individuals at home, according to each person’s particular needs – from help with personal care, to meals and housekeeping, to transportation and companionship, and so much more. If your elderly loved one is struggling with incontinence, make sure the person is given a correct diagnosis from the doctor and ensure there aren’t any underlying concerns. The caregivers at Advanced Home Health Care can help your loved one control the effects of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Contact us online or call us at 800.791.7785 or for more information about how our Burlington, IA senior care services can help. We service several Iowa counties. See our service area here.
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