Study: Dementia Patients Have Higher Risk of Experiencing Incontinence

Dementia patients are three times more likely to experience urinary incontinence, and four times more likely to have fecal incontinence, according to a new study found in PLOS Medicine.

British researchers from Kingston University, St. George’s University of London, and University College of London pulled data collected between 2001 and 2010 on incontinence from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) primary care database in the UK. Their sample size included 54,816 dementia patients aged 60-89 years and an age-gender stratified sample of 205,795 non-dementia patients. 

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How to Manage Incontinence after Prostate Surgery

Many men will experience bladder leakage after prostate surgery. Simple tasks and movements, such as riding a bike, sneezing, and getting up from a seated position, can all result in you wetting yourself. This loss of bladder control can last a few weeks or months, and can cause men to feel embarrassed and withdraw from social activities. Fortunately, with these incontinence management skills and behavioral therapy, you can remain active and stay in control of your life:

  • Wear a male guard. Although you may be weary of wearing an incontinence product, keep in mind that (most times) it’s only temporary and it’ll help keep your clothes dry. Incontinence pads for men, or male guards, are very discreet and thin – no one will even know that you’re wearing one. They’re shaped to fit your body and move with you as you move, so you can go about your day without worry. For those who experience more than just urine dribbling, disposable underwear provides more absorbency, yet allows you to maintain your dignity.
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Celebrating National Senior Citizens Day

This Wednesday (Aug. 21) is National Senior Citizens Day, a day to celebrate the life of our elderly loved ones and acknowledge their accomplishments. The day was declared exactly 25 years ago by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

“For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older – places in which older people can participate to the fullest and can find the encouragement, acceptance, assistance, and services they need to continue to lead lives of independence and dignity,” the 40th U.S. president said in his proclamation.

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How to Change a Bedridden Person’s Diaper

If your incontinent loved one is bedridden, you’ll need to learn how to properly change his/her diaper. Prompt and frequent changes are crucial in preventing painful bedsores and rashes.

Before you start cleaning, make sure to inform your loved one that you are about to change his/her diaper. Throughout the whole process, kindly explain to them what you’re doing, so they won’t be alarmed.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Gather the essential incontinence products and cleaning supplies. This includes an absorbent adult brief with tape tabs, waterproof underpad, disposable washcloths, barrier cream, disposable gloves, and plastic bag.
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Am I Too Young for Adult Diapers?

“Recently I have had trouble controlling my bladder and it’s gotten to the point where I can’t go the day without wetting my clothes. I’m only 23 years old! Aren’t I too young for adult diapers? Help!”

Urinary incontinence is a non-discriminatory condition. This means any one can experience bladder control problems at any age. Granted, incontinence is more common in elderly adults, however there are 20-year-olds who do suffer from the condition.

People wear adult diapers and other forms of incontinence products, such as bladder pads and disposable underwear, for a variety of reasons. Some factors that can affect bladder control include:

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