As we age, we generally have less strength and more inactive lifestyles. Walking is more tiring, changing clothes requires more effort, and our bladders may be weaker.
However, this does not directly result in urinary incontinence. Although it is very common amongst the elderly to have urinary incontinence, it is not a “mandatory” part of aging.
Seniors have a higher chance of developing diseases and conditions that result in bladder control problems. These conditions may include diabetes, nerve damage, prostate cancer in men, and pelvic organ prolapse disorder.
And generally, the loss of muscle mass as we get older affects a senior’s chance of developing incontinence as the pelvic floor and bladder support muscles become weaker.
Thus urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying issue. If the problem persists, go to your doctor. Remember that incontinence does commonly impact the elderly, but is not directly caused by age. Urinary incontinence actually impacts people of all ages. Fortunately, incontinence is highly treatable and can be managed by incontinence products.
Healthwick can help you manage your incontinence by helping you find the appropriate product for your level of incontinence, lifestyle, and needs. Our Guide to Managing Incontinence can help you, or you can contact us with any questions.