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Is Incontinence Just Another Normal Part Of The Aging Process?

Posted on June 27 2014

Although incontinence tends to worsen with age, Dr. Tomas Griebling, a professor of urology at the University of Kansas and a spokesman for the American Urology Association, says “incontinence should really not be considered either a normal or inevitable part of aging.”

 

Incontinence is a condition involving an increased urgency and frequency to urinate, urinary leakage, or accidental bowel leakage. Incontinence tends to interrupt and pose significant inconveniences on ones life, often resulting in negative impacts on ones emotional and physical health, as well as having social and economical implications…overall deteriorating one’s quality of life.

 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, over half of the elderly population suffers from some form of incontinence, finding that 51% of those ages 65+ and living at home reported bladder and/or bowel incontinence;

--just under 44% of which reported experiencing bladder incontinence

--about 25% of which reported having moderate, severe or very severe urinary leakage

--just over 17% of which reported experiencing bowel incontinence

--about 8% of which reported having moderate, severe or very severe bowel leakage

 

In addition to having a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life, incontinence also imposes a significant financial burden. According to CDC reports, bladder incontinence costs were an estimated $19.5 billion in 2000 and in 2012 the average cost for bowl incontinence was an estimated $4,100 per person.

 

Helping improve the quality of life for those suffering with incontinence, Mountainside Medical Equipment has dedicated a whole section of their website to products that are specially tailored for dealing with incontinence. Browse through today and see what products might be best for you and your loved ones.

 

Source:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_146988.html

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