Urinary incontinence is pathologic, and not a normal consequence of ageing. Urinary incontinence is both under-reported and under diagnosed by health care providers. Health care providers tend not to ask the individual about incontinence, probably because they believe that many people would mention it as a problem; again, however, our community often considers incontinence a normal result of aging, rather than something that can be treated. Risk factors for urinary incontinence include neurologic impairment, immobility, and female gender and lifestyle. The impact of urinary incontinence is broad and encompasses health, economic, psychological and social issues. Although urinary incontinence is most often seen in older adults, it can be seen in persons of any age, including both males and females as well as children.
You can help – here’s how:
Tips on helping someone who has shown signs of incontinence:
- Fluid intake – Ensure adequate and appropriate fluid intake.
- Good bladder health – adequate fluid intake, don’t go to toilet on first urge, ensure pelvic floor exercises are adhered to and sitting on the toilet in the ideal or correct position.
- Good bowel health – diet/fluid intake – go to toilet on first urge, ensure correct sitting techniques are utilized – exercise.
- Exercise – even gentle structured exercise activity helps with overall tone and health of whole body.
- Water sports, particularly hydrotherapy, are extremely beneficial (especially for those with limited or restricted movement).