This week is ICS World Continence Week (WCW), an annual initiative from the International Continence Society and the Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) to raise awareness on incontinence issues and how to improve the quality of life of those who suffer from such conditions. To participate, we’ve come up with a list of tips on dealing with incontinence without sacrificing the activities you enjoy:
- Know that you’re not alone.
Incontinence affects more than 200 million people worldwide. This statistic includes men and women of all ages, from teens to the elderly. Some people may experience little trickles and dribbles, while others may have absolutely no control over their bladder. Incontinence is not normal, and the common causes include childbirth, prostate surgery, menopause, diet, medication, and disease. This doesn’t mean that women who’ve never been pregnant or men who’ve never had a prostatectomy will not have bladder control problems sometime in their life. As the slogan for this year’s WCW goes, incontinence is “a problem in anyone’s language.”
Adult onset secondary enuresis, or adult bedwetting, occurs when an individual experiences nighttime wetting at an older age despite having achieve night dryness for many years in the past. Oftentimes, adult onset enuresis is associated with other symptoms and is a sign of a bigger medical issue. Such problems may include diabetes, enlarged prostate, urinary tract infection, pelvic organ prolapse disorder, neurological disorders or bladder cancer. Certain sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, may also play a role in adult bedwetting.
If you are experiencing adult secondary enuresis, be sure to contact a doctor to find out the cause of the problem. You want to rule out any underlying problems that may be causing urinary leakage. In the meantime, you’ll need to find ways to manage adult enuresis and stay dry at night:
A new study from the University of Adelaide has found that, compared to older women, middle-aged women are more likely to suffer from depression as a result of their urinary incontinence problems.
No one likes to openly talk about their bladder problems as it can be embarrassing and damaging to the self-esteem. But for younger women (aged 43-65), incontinence seems to have a bigger mental and emotional effect because they’re at an age where they’re supposed to be active, social, and accomplishing life goals. Whereas older women (aged 65-89) tend to be more resilient and accepting of their incontinence problems, younger women feel like they can’t enjoy the activities they love anymore.
People with urinary incontinence may experience a wide range of emotions, including embarrassment, anxiety, frustration and loneliness. The condition can have such an emotional effect on people that they start declining invitations to go out and stay at home, where they won’t get caught with an embarrassing accident. Use these tips to help you cope with incontinence and learn to not let it get in the way of your life:
Talk to your doctor
People with bladder problems wait an average of seven years before seeking treatment, according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). In fact, most people who experience incontinence are undiagnosed because they are too embarrassed or scared to see a doctor. They may feel as if they can’t be helped or that surgery is their only option. However, a doctor can help and incontinence can be treated. Continue reading
Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and instead of going with the typical tie or sweater vest, we’ve come up with a list of gifts that show your elderly parent just how much he means to you:
- Short trip. One of the best gifts you can give anyone is your time. Gather the family and go on a fishing trip, to a sports game, or to the museum. This is a great way for you to spend quality time together, as well as provide a change of scenery for your dad.
- Favorite memories book. Sentimental gifts are always better than store-bought gifts. Have the whole family (children, siblings, spouse, longtime caregivers, etc.) write out their favorite memory with your father. Find some old photos to complete the story, and then bind them all together into a memory book.