Is Urinary Incontinence a Normal Part of Aging?

Senior woman with mature daughter

“My elderly grandmother has been having trouble controlling her bladder. I don’t know what’s the problem. Is it because she’s getting old?”

As we grow old, we’re not as strong and active as we used to be. Walking takes a little longer. Putting on clothes gets a little harder. And our bladder may get a little weaker.

Urinary incontinence does commonly affect elderly people; however it is not a normal sign of aging and should not be considered so. Elderly people have a higher chance of developing disease and conditions that can lead to bladder control problems. Such conditions may include diabetes, nerve damage, prostate cancer in men, and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) disorder. Women going through menopause may also experience leakage problems. Estrogen levels tend to decrease during menopause, and when estrogen levels low, vaginal tissues start to thin and become dry. This can trigger bladder spasms.

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Best Tips to Stay Active While Managing Incontinence

Urinary incontinence can be a nuisance for people who lead busy lives. From work meetings to children’s sports games, life can get hectic, leaving you to constantly change your incontinence products on the go. In order to make this process easier, incorporate these tips into your daily routine:

  • Always have back up. Wherever you frequent, there should be a constant supply of incontinence products. This means stashing your pads and briefs in your glove compartment, desk drawer at work, gym bag, purse, briefcase and wherever else you can use to make sure you will be protected at all times. Don’t forget to keep extra trash bags on hand for discreet disposal.
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How to Choose the Perfect Incontinence Pad

Incontinence pads are ideal for people with light incontinence. This means you don’t so much that you need an adult brief, but you leak just enough to need some light protection to keep dry. Incontinence pads are not one size fits all; in fact, they come in different lengths, widths, styles and absorbencies. One person may choose the Tena Pad, while another person may prefer the Tena Serenity Active Ultra pads.

The options for incontinence pads are vast and can be overwhelming for first time buyers. Read below to find out what you should consider when choosing an incontinence pad:

  • Size/length of pad – Every body is made differently, which means we all leak differently. Some of us may need an extra-long pad, while others may need something wider. The Abena AbriSan Pads come in an impressive 11 different sizes to accommodate practically anyone with light incontinence.
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Do I Have Urinary Incontinence?

“Lately I’ve been urinating frequently and sometimes I can’t make it to the bathroom in time. Do I have incontinence?”

Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. The condition affects millions around the world, young and old. There are two main types of incontinence: stress incontinence and urge incontinence.

Stress incontinence

Stress incontinence occurs when you accidentally leak urine while doing something physical that puts pressure onto your bladder. For example, you may experience leakage when you sneeze, cough, laugh, or exercise. This form of incontinence can be caused by several factors including:

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Products You Need to Protect Against Nighttime Incontinence

More than 26 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, and of those people, 2 percent are affected by nighttime incontinence, or adult bedwetting. This condition can be difficult to maintain, leading to frustrations with wet beds and skin infections. Read below to find out what essentials you need to protect against nighttime incontinence:

Nighttime brief

If you experience nighttime incontinence or adult bedwetting, you’ll need a brief designed for nighttime use. These briefs and underwear feature multiple layers of highly absorbent material that wick urine away from the skin. Many of these products also have special characteristics, such as leg guards and high waist panels, to prevent leakage onto the sheets.

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