Monday, June 29, 2015
Assisted Living Services Help the Elderly Manage Incontinence Issues
"For many adults, the urge to go to the bathroom can be delayed, but for the more than 50% of elderly Americans suffering from incontinence, putting off elimination isn’t an option. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, about half of older Americans surveyed have experienced accidental urinary or bowel leakage; 25% had moderate to very severe urinary leakage, while 8% had moderate to very severe bowel leakage. Incontinence basically occurs as a result of weakened muscles or feeble bladder control, combined with an overactive bladder. Accidental leakage occurs when the muscles are too frail to hold urine (or bowel). Urinary tract infections, high calcium intake, weaker pelvic muscles, a thinning and childbirth-induced loosening of the vagina wall in women, and an enlarged prostate gland in men, are also known contributing factors.