Poor bladder control causes the sufferer to leak urine or suffer complete incontinence. Bladder problems can occur in both males and females due to a variety of conditions.
The bladder holds and stores urine. When full, the muscles relax and allow the urine to flow out of the body. People with poor bladder control lack the ability to hold the urine. It is estimated that 13 million Americans suffer from bladder control problems. As many as one in five people over the age of 40 have varying degrees of incontinence. Women tend to suffer more from the disorder.
Childbirth, menopause, weak muscles, excessive weight gain, infections, substance abuse, nerve damage, prostate problems and certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis may all cause poor bladder control in seniors. Some medications can also cause bladder control problems.
Poor bladder control can occur at any time, and can be an embarrassing experience if the sufferer is not prepared. Commercial pads and adult diapers may all help hide a leaking bladder. Many people who suffer from the condition avoid going out in public or getting too far from a bathroom.
Although lack of bladder control is normally not a medical emergency, many sufferers experience underlying health conditions that can require immediate emergency assistance. Bladder control problems typically strike seniors who suffer from varying degrees of arthritis and mobility issues. The disorder can also occur as a result of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
When a senior starts to feel that they need to empty their bladder, they may rush to get to the bathroom. Arthritis and other diseases often make the senior unsteady and prone to falling. Frequently visiting the bathroom can also weaken a senior and make it difficult to safely sit or rise from the toilet. If a fall should occur, a senior can quickly summon for help using a medical alert system.
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A senior who experiences frequent bladder control problems can opt to live their life without medical alerts, but they should take a few steps to ensure their safety. There are several steps that they can take to avoid an accident.
Living with bladder control problems is never easy. These issues are usually a sign of a more serious underlying health condition. In some cases, they go hand in hand with arthritis or other diseases that threaten your safety. Having a medical alert system in place to summon help will provide you with peace of mind.