Battling Incontinence in Your Elder Years

June 24, 2013 by  
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As we age we all become prone to the many natural afflictions that come with a body withered by time. One of the most common health afflictions we experience as we get older is incontinence, or the involuntary secretion of urine and bowel contents. For some families this can be the sure sign that an elder loved one may require assisted homecare or to be moved into an assisted living home. Our senior loved ones are proud and do not want to be a bother, especially with a problem so personal and often try to keep their incontinence hidden form their loved ones. It is important to constantly check in on your elder loved ones to make sure they are healthy but it is definitely recommended that they see a doctor at least once a year so that they may address personal health concerns like this as soon as possible. Incontinence is almost always an effect of an underlying condition that can be treated. The problem is that is one of the most under-reported conditions to practitioners. If an elder loved one suffers and has suffered from one of the following conditions it is a good idea to check in on them and perhaps ask if they can still control the bladder and bowel secretions:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Any sort of Spinal Cord injury

All of the above conditions are known to interfere with nerve function of the bladder. In the case of men, the most common causes of incontinence is an enlarged prostate as it can put extra pressure against the bladder when it swells up. For women, stress urinary incontinence is a highly common condition that results from loss of support of the urethra, which is a common consequence of damage to the pelvic support structures in childbirth. Here are some healthy habits and practices that can help our elders battle incontinence as well as help those younger reduce their chances of experiencing it later in life:

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and cola beverages; they stimulate the bladder more and overtime can put extra tax on it to the point where it is too strained to hold as long as you desire.
  • Exercise the pelvic muscles more often. Squats are good for these muscles but no form of exercise hits them like kegels. Kegels work the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles and have been found to tremendously improve bladder control. Women could benefit from the use of vaginal cones which involves using mild reflex contractions of the vagina and requires little effort on the part of the user.
  • Absorbent pads, briefs, and adult diapers can be used to help those with more severe cases such as those prone to incontinence during seizures.
  • Eat a diet rich in anti-oxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients promote healthy blood flow and overall better circulation of fluids in the body.

In addition to these healthy practices there are also various surgical procedures to address incontinence help those who suffer from maintain control of their secretion habits. Incontinence is a very private and personal matter but it is one nobody should feel ashamed to report to their doctor or actively attempt to address in any natural way.

About the Author:

Martha June Whitman is a writer that specializes in the benefits of incontinence underwear and tranquility briefs. After working as a geriatric caregiver for 28 years she enjoys helping others with her knowledge and experience in her writing.

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.