At least one in 10 people over age 65 has bladder control problems. Bladder control problems are often a major factor in placing an elderly person into a nursing home. Today, doctors understand the causes and can help people treat these problems.
You might be able to prevent bladder control problems. Here are a few suggestions:
- Drink six to eight cups of liquid daily, more in hot weather or during exercise. (Check with your doctor to see if you have any special needs or limits on what you drink.)
- Don't strain to empty your bladder or bowel.
- Try to keep bowel movements regular, and don't ignore the feelings that the bowel needs emptying.
- Seek medical attention when any leakage of urine occurs from the bladder, if urination is painful or if you see any blood in your urine.
Be sure to talk to your doctor. Your doctor may have additional helpful information for you.
Health A to Z. Preventing urinary incontinence. Accessed August 6, 2008. Available at: http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/dc/caz/kidn/uinc/incontprevent.jsp.
Simon Foundation for Continence. Healthy bladder habits. Accessed August 6, 2008. Available at: http://www.simonfoundation.org.