Senior incontinence is often an upsetting topic for those who encounter it. The stigma behind the problem commonly contributes to people having either a lack of facts or believing in some common misunderstandings about incontinence. The following are just a few incontinence myths and the facts to be aware of instead:
Myth: Urinary incontinence is inevitable as we age.
Truth: While growing older does increase the risk for incontinence, many older adults maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly not be regarded as a typical or inevitable part of the aging process.
Myth: Urinary incontinence can’t be remedied in older adults.
Truth: This is not the case in a number of circumstances. There are ways that incontinence can be managed with success.
Myth: Drinking as little water as possible will lessen the chance of senior incontinence.
Truth: Often seniors restrict their fluid intake in the mistaken notion that drinking less will reduce the degree of their incontinence. However, limiting fluids causes more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes the problem worse. Drinking sufficient fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and performance.
Myth: Urinary incontinence is seldom a problem for men.
Truth: Men are less prone to talk about the issue with family members or medical professionals, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, as many as 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.
When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other delicate medical concerns in seniors, you can count on the highly skilled in-home care team at Live Well at Home to provide personalized care services with dignity and respect that allow for heightened independence, safety, and comfort. We’re on hand 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 to make sure there aren’t any hidden issues. The caregivers at Live Well at Home can help your loved one control the symptoms of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Contact us at 800-478-1209 for more information about how we provide the kind of home care Palo Alto and surrounding area families recommend most. To learn more about all of the areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.