Aging has its benefits, but also its challenges, especially when it comes to your physical health. As an example, nearly 40% of adults who live in a residential care facility report problems with incontinence (either fecal, urinary, or both). While these statistics illustrate the point that incontinence is incredibly common, they do little to help with your own unique challenges, or those os a loved one.
This is where the team of medical providers here at Waltham Clinic comes in. To help you better understand why incontinence, namely urinary incontinence, is so prevalent among older people, we’ve pulled together a list of the more common drivers of this problem. Perhaps more importantly, we also outline some of the effective treatment options we offer to help you regain control of your bladder.
The first thing to understand about urinary incontinence is that there are a several different types, including:
Urinary incontinence can also stem from a functional problem in which you’re unable to make it to the bathroom because of a physical incapacity.
Older adults can experience both short- and long-term problems with urinary incontinence.
When it comes to acute bouts of incontinence, this is usually due to:
More often than not, by treating the underlying infection or problem, the urinary incontinence resolves itself.
Longer-term problems with urinary incontinence are most often caused by:
Some medications, such as blood thinners, ACE inhibitors, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and antidepressants, can also contribute to problems with urinary incontinence.
Since there are several different types of urinary incontinence and many different causes, our team needs to first evaluate your incontinence to identify the underlying cause.
Once we have a better idea about what’s behind your incontinence, we can address the problem with one or more of these common incontinence treatments:
Rest assured, we work with you to resolve the problem so that you can enjoy life again without the worry and discomfort that comes with urinary incontinence.
Contact us for more information and to start treating you or your loved one’s urinary incontinence.