Incontinence is not a disease. It is a symptom of something else going on in the body. It may be the result of a disease process, weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, injuries from an accident or the side effect of medications or surgery.
Incontinence is not caused by aging. However, changes which occur with the natural aging process may contribute to incontinence. As an example, the natural enlargement of the prostate gland as men age or the loss of estrogen which women experience, can precipitate incontinence. Incontinence is a condition that should always be discussed with a physician to ensure that it is not a symptom of a larger problem that should be dealt with separately. Also, a doctor can help to educate as to the different treatment options that are available to meet your needs.
Incontinence can have a terrible impact on one’s emotional health. Incontinence also has an impact on the ability to participate in social activities as well in ability to travel. From 53 to 95 percent of caregivers living with people with incontinence view incontinence as a problem. One which can be a deciding factor in placing a loved one in a care home.