It is a simple, undeniable fact that as we age, many of us will suffer from incontinence at some point in our lives.
Most people feel embarrassed or ashamed when even slight leakage occurs. But, in fact, this is a completely normal part of the aging process! When your elderly parent starts noticing signs of incontinence, the first thing to do is try to lower their feelings of embarrassment. Instead, re-assure them that this is completely normal and that everything is going to be just fine.
Elderly incontinence is caused by a variety of reasons. As we grow older, our bladder muscles age, leading to a decrease in the bladder’s capacity to store urine. This often results in an overactive bladder, which can be worsened by additional factors such as certain diets or medical conditions. Understanding the exact source of your parents’ incontinence is important because it can help you seek the correct medication or exercises that could help control it. Many factors can worsen incontinence including urinary tract infections, constipation, or certain foods, drinks, or medications that cause temporary incontinence. Alvita Home Care recommends that you take your parent to their doctor for a thorough evaluation to determine what the cause of the incontinence is and suggest appropriate treatments.
A helpful suggestion to reduce incontinence is to have your parent stick to a urination schedule and take their time while urinating. Keeping to a consistent bathroom schedule will help prevent leakage. Also, when your elderly parent is experiencing urinary incontinence, encourage them to relax and take their time in the bathroom. Going to the bathroom twice in a row can also ensure that the bladder is completely emptied and prevent multiple trips.