An Introduction to Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults Above the Age of 65
Urinary incontinence in seniors may be caused by physiological changes in the urinary system. The problem of incontinence most often appears after childbirth in women. But if after the birth of the child everything was normal, then you can expect the appearance of this symptom after the age of 50. In men, involuntary urination also appears by the age of 60-70. Most often this is due to prostate diseases, but it can also be caused by diseases of the nervous system. The risk of urinary incontinence is higher in older people who are often hospitalized. 7 out of 10 people in nursing homes have this problem. The factors provoking urinary incontinence in older adults include:
- Hard physical labor;
- Urinary tract diseases, mainly of infectious origin;
- Obesity which is of grade 2 or higher;
- Operations on reproductive organs;
- Tumors in the pelvic organs;
Diseases in which the nervous communication between the brain and/or the spinal cord (that is, the “center”) and the muscles of the perineum is disturbed. Examples include Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, myelitis, complicated intervertebral hernia, etc.
Symptoms: Urinary Incontinence in Senior Citizens
The urge to go to the toilet, after which part of the urine still leaks;
- Unusual urge to urinate;
- When laughing, sneezing, lifting weights, coughing – the feeling of a “shot” from the urethra;
- Leakage of urine during severe stress;
Getting wet underwear without an urge to go to the toilet.If an elderly person suffers from dementia, then urinary incontinence can be understood by the wet underwear and the specific unpleasant smell from it. In this case, you can try some of the below remedies: Buy gaskets, which are used to determine the leakage of amniotic fluid and increase the intake of alkaline foods in the diet. Some of the most common examples of these include pumpkin, asparagus, green beans, vegetable juices, celery, pears, dates, raisins, as well as green tea. If the urine is really leaking, the gasket will change its color (typically it will turn blue in a majority of the cases).
Medigap Program for Seniors: Seniors who’re 65 & over could apply for Medicare supplement plans for covering copay and coinsurance.