Incontinence In The Elderly

May 4, 2011
By Nursing

Incontinence In The Elderly is not an easy subject to discuss. Actually it is a topic that needs to be covered with respect, dignity and in confidence. Its a matter of respecting the Elderly Person but also making sure that the Incontinence is dealt with so that a solution can be used.

Incontinence In The Elderly Is Common

Incontinence In The ElderlyThe Elderly are not the only ones affected by Incontinence but they are people that seem to need assistance as Incontinence In The Elderly is common. It is an issues as they are likely to have an accident and could feel embarrassed or ashamed. There are many reasons why the Elderly suffer with Incontinence. It can either be with urine or bowl motions, and happens when the Elderly person is not able to control either body motions which results in Incontinence.

Stress Incontinence

The most common form of Incontinence In The Elderly (or any age group) is Stress Incontinence. Which is when a person is laughing or coughing, sneezing, or jogging – the bladder is stressed from the activity which puts pressure onto the bladder by the stomach muscles and will result with a small amount of urine leaking. The causes of Stress Incontinence is due mainly to the stretching of the vagina during childbirth or and loss of pelvic floor muscles. It might lead to other medical issues so it really needs medical attention.

Elderly Incontinence

Elderly Person affected By IncontinenceThere is no set age group which can be affected by Incontinence but there does seem to be a higher number of Incontinence In The Elderly age group. Mostly those that are over the age of 60, and not able to move freely to the toilet are affected. So is it a loss of ability to walk quickly that cause Incontinence or is it due to week muscles?

It is more common in women than men due to the fact that women are stretched with child birth, and their pelvic floor muscles are a lot weaker.

Another cause of  Incontinence In The  Elderly could be a UTI (urinary tract infection), bacterial infection, diabetes, illness or like I said before a loss of ability to move to the toilet quickly.

No Respect For Them Anymore

Incontinence In The Elderly could lead to a loss of respect – no dignity when they are not able to make the toilet in time and have an accident or even a feeling of being dependent on others. It takes a lot of pride to ask for help and when one has to rely on Aged Care Nurse for assistance then it takes away their feeling of self control. That is where an aged care nurse needs to be very understanding, and speak with respect towards an elderly resident in regards to Incontinence In The Elderly.

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One Response to Incontinence In The Elderly

  1. Jill Grant on May 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    As we grow older we are faced with so many changes in our bodies. The fact we often times lose the ability to control our urinary needs can be and often is very devistationg to our self confidence.

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