More than 50 percent of noninstitutionalized adults aged 65 and over suffer from incontinence, according to a new CDC report.
Data was taken from various surveys, including the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (NSRCF). Patients in the study came from nursing homes, residential care facilities, home health care and hospice agencies or were noninstitutionalized. Different definitions were used for incontinence for these different populations, so researchers could not compare the results against each other.
However, they did find that incontinence, both bladder and fecal, is a common issue that needs to be addressed.
Some results include:
The theme of this year’s World Continence Week (June 23 – 29) is “Bladder Diary Day”.
The International Continence Society (ICS) is asking the public to fill out a 24-hour bladder diary to determine what is “normal” bladder behavior. These diaries will be a part of “the biggest study in the history of the International Continence Society”.
A bladder diary is used to determine a pattern in one’s urinary habits. Participants will record how often they pee during the day and night, if they feel urges to urinate, if and how many times they experience leakages and what kind of drinks they’ve had and how it affects their bladder. Doctors often ask patients to complete a bladder diary to help them figure out what could be affecting the abnormal urinary behavior and/or leakage.
“My elderly dad is incontinent and wears adult diapers. How do I protect the furniture from getting wet?”
In the bedroom, you’ll want the best waterproof protection for your mattress. There are many options here:
- Washable underpads – These are small bed pads that cover the middle portion of the mattress. Underpads help protect the sheets so that you don’t have to constantly change and wash them. The tuck-in style is a customer favorite because it comes with large flaps that help keep the pad stay in place. Another popular option is the HaloShield Underpad, which features odor-fighting properties to keep urine odors at bay.
Summer is finally here! It’s time to hit up the beaches and sit by the pool. But what do you if you suffer from incontinence? The answer: SoSecure Swim Briefs.
These unique swim briefs are designed to help you get back into the water so you don’t have to miss out on swimming. The SoSecure Swim Briefs are originally intended for people with fecal incontinence, but can also be used for urinary incontinence. It’ll hold several cups of water, depending on the size. The briefs have also been reviewed by the National Foundation for Continence so you know it’s effective.
This week is a special time to celebrate the men in your life. National Men’s Health Week focuses on raising awareness of men’s health issues and encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases in men.
One of the most common diseases in men, and also the second leading cause of death in American men, is prostate cancer. Risk factors for prostate cancer include:
- Older age – The chances of developing prostate cancer increases rapidly after the age of 50.