Urinary incontinence in older adults

Urinary incontinence, defined by the NHS, is the unintentional passing of urine. There is a lot of stigma attached to this condition, and unfortunately as a result of this, people will often be too embarrassed to seek medical attention. In most cases, if the incontinence cannot be cured, it can at least be managed, in order for the individual to maintain the lifestyle they are used to.

Often, people who are experiencing urinary incontinence will avoid making plans or going out, as they worry about having an ‘accident’ in public. This is a completely understandable fear, however if this carries on it can lead to social isolation and even depression. This is why it is so important to challenge the stigma surrounding urinary incontinence, so that people who are experiencing this can seek help without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. After all, urinary incontinence is very common, particularly as we age.

For more information about the different causes of urinary incontinence, follow this link to the Tena website: https://www.tena.co.uk/articles/what-is-urinary-incontinence 

For more information or if you wish to discuss care for your loved one please email care@greensleeves.org.uk