Incontinence in the Elderly
Incontinence is the involuntary excretion of urine or feces. While incontinence can happen to anyone, it’s more common in older adults.
Although common, incontinence is not a normal part of the aging process. Acute incontinence, caused by issues like urinary tract infections, diabetes, and medication interactions, may be reversible through treatment of underlying conditions and bladder control training. Later stages of progressive conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, however, often lead to chronic incontinence which comes with its own physical and social consequences.
Individuals experiencing chronic incontinence have higher rates of pressure ulcers, skin infections, and urinary tract infections as well as increased levels of embarrassment and depression. Fortunately, resources are available to cope with the impact of incontinence on quality of life for both older adults and their caregivers.
Browse our collection of incontinence articles, Caregiver Q&A, and incontinence discussions. Find the support of other caregivers in AgingCare’s online forum-a community of caregivers who truly understand the challenges of caring for a loved one with incontinence.
The 4 Kinds of Urinary Incontinence
Caring for an elderly parent with incontinence can be challenging. Start by understanding the four main kinds of incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow and functional incontinence.5 Comments
Testing Procedures for Incontinence
Explore the urodynamic tests and procedures doctors use for diagnosing loss of bladder control, urinary incontinence and problems with urinary flow.0 Comments
Managing Incontinence in Older Adults
Under a doctor's care, incontinence can be treated and often cured. The choice of treatment depends on the type of bladder control problem your aging parent has, how serious it is, and what best fits a senior's lifestyle.7 Comments
How to Choose the Best Adult Diaper
There are many continence care products like “adult diapers” on the market for seniors who are living with urinary incontinence. Use these tips to find a product that fits well, minimizes leaks, helps maintain skin integrity and improves quality of life.23 Comments
How to Convince a Senior to Wear Adult Diapers
Pro Tip: The first step in winning this common incontinence battle is to strike the word “diaper” from your vocabulary.36 Comments
Dementia and Incontinence
As cognition declines, what may start as incontinence events or “accidents” usually progresses into chronic incontinence issues for those with severe dementia.0 Comments
Near the end, but how to judge how long? Six days, six weeks, six years it's so hard!9 Answers
My father is 95 makes every effort to make it to the toilet but stands and misses it every time. Any ideas?3 Answers
Are there any products out there that help with containing incontinence rather than urine?5 Answers
87 yr old dad with dementia won't wear Depends. He has difficulty getting them on correctly. What do we do?15 Answers
Dementia and Sundowners3 Comments
My husband has dementia, is incontinent and now has parkinsonism. Back in Feb he "just" had dementia was able to walk on his own.6 Comments
Did you know there is a way to change adult diapers without taking a person's pants off? Well, there is!6 Comments
I've been using the bags...6 Comments