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Investigating Incontinence Myths and Facts

Incontinence myths lead to misunderstandings about bladder control.

Urinary incontinence is an awkward issue for those who experience it. The stigma behind the condition commonly contributes to people having either a lack of facts or a belief in some common misconceptions about incontinence. The following are just a few incontinence myths and the facts to be aware of instead:

Myth: Urinary incontinence is unavoidable as we age.

Truth: Although getting older does increase the risk for incontinence, many older adults are able to maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly never be referred to as a standard or inevitable part of the aging process.

Myth: Urinary incontinence cannot be treated in older adults. 

Truth: This is not true in a number of situations. There are ways that incontinence can be managed with success. 

Myth: Consuming as little water as possible will reduce the risk of incontinence.

Truth: Often seniors restrict their fluid intake in the incorrect perception that drinking less will reduce the extent of their incontinence. However, restricting fluids causes more concentrated urine which irritates the bladder and makes the condition worse. Drinking plenty of fluids helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and functionality.

Myth: Urinary incontinence is rarely a problem for men.

Truth: Men are less prone to discuss the concern with family members or physicians, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, approximately 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men.

When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other sensitive medical issues in older adults, you can rely on the highly skilled in-home care team at CareFor to provide the customized care services with dignity and respect that allow for the utmost independence, safety, and comfort. We’re available with a wide range of services for seniors at home, according to each person’s particular needs – from help with personal care, to meals and housekeeping, to transportation and companionship, and so much more.

If an elderly loved one is having difficulties with incontinence, make certain the person is given a correct diagnosis from the physician to make sure there aren’t any underlying issues. The caregivers at CareFor can help your loved one control the effects of incontinence in a compassionate and discreet way. Call us at (512) 338-4533 for more information about how our care at home in Austin and the surrounding areas can help.