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4 Causes of Elderly Incontinence

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As approximately twenty percent of seniors experience bladder control challenges, being familiar with some common causes of urinary incontinence is helpful. If your elderly loved one has incontinence, identifying the sources of his or her symptoms can help reduce their frequency. To help you find ways to combat your loved one’s incontinence, Home Care Assistance in Naples discusses four of its most frequent causes.

1. Diuretic Medication
Diuretic medications, also known as “water pills,” are often prescribed to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. These medications lead to frequent urination, and occasionally urine dribbling and incontinence. Urinary incontinence related to diuretic use is often dose-dependent, which means that if the dosage is lowered, episodes of incontinence may decrease.

2. Constipation
Constipation can also lead to urinary incontinence, causing the colon to press against the bladder. Fortunately, this type of urinary incontinence is usually reversible once the cause of constipation is addressed. Interventions that can ease constipation and subsequent urinary incontinence include stool softeners, consuming more dietary fiber, engaging in regular exercise, and increasing fluid intake.

3. Urinary Tract Infections
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can lead to urinary incontinence or urgency in your loved one. While primarily a concern for women, men can also experience UTIs, which are characterized by a burning sensation, blood in the urine, fever, and pelvic pain. Oral antibiotics are usually prescribed to eliminate the bacterial infection and once the infection is cleared, incontinence, and other symptoms generally subside.

4. Enlarged Prostate
An enlarged prostate can be caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This condition is common among senior men and can cause urinary incontinence. BPH can also lead to a weak stream, urinary hesitancy, and rectal pain. Certain hormonal medications and surgery can help manage BPH and can help relieve or eliminate urinary incontinence in most cases. 

If your loved one experiences incontinence, making certain healthy lifestyle changes may also help relieve his or her symptoms. To help promote your loved one’s general health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our professional caregivers are expertly trained to provide in-home assistance for a variety of tasks, including preparing healthy meals and helping seniors safely follow an exercise routine. To learn more about how our senior care services, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Naples, can benefit your loved one, call a Care Manager at (239) 449-4701 and schedule a complimentary no-obligation consultation.

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