Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing subject for those who encounter it. The stigma behind the condition commonly contributes to individuals having either a lack of facts or believing in some common misunderstandings about incontinence. The following are some incontinence myths and the facts to go with them:
Myth: Urinary incontinence is unavoidable with age.
Truth: While growing older does boost the risk for incontinence, many senior individuals maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly not be regarded as a standard or inevitable part of the aging process.
Myth: Urinary incontinence can’t be treated in older adults.
Truth: This is not the case in a lot of situations. There are ways that incontinence can be treated with success.
Myth: Consuming as little water as possible will reduce the chance of incontinence.
Truth: Often older adults restrict their fluid intake in the erroneous perception that drinking less will minimize the extent of their incontinence. However, limiting fluids leads to more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes the concern worse. Drinking plenty of fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and functionality.
Myth: Urinary incontinence is almost never a problem for men.
Truth: Men are less prone to discuss the concern with family members or doctors, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, around 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.
If your senior loved one is struggling with incontinence, be sure the person is given a correct diagnosis from the physician to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues. The caregivers at All Care In-Home Care Solutions can help your loved one control the symptoms of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Call us at (541) 857-9195 or contact us online for more information about how our Medford home care services can help.