Dementia–Alzheimer’s: Incontinence is a Common Problem
By Twinty Karat
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When you have an older person you are taking care of that starts to have an incontinence problem you should immediately discuss the problem with the person’s doctor. Don’t wait until it’s so bad it cannot be controlled.
Incontinence, especially urinary incontinence, is a common condition that often occurs among older people. It is so common that it may have nothing to do directly with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
There are many older people that have overactive bladders. This condition may lead to an urgent need to urinate. It often comes about very suddenly. This can cause frequent bladder leaking and consequent embarrassment.
Some people have trouble getting every last bit from the bladder. As a result the bladder may overfill and produce a constant dribble of urine. Sometimes older women have weak pelvic muscles causing them to lose urine when they laugh, sneeze, or exert themselves.
A person with bowel incontinence may be suffering from an infection, diarrhea, constipation, or an accumulation of waste lodged in the intestine. We noticed that it came about so suddenly that Mr. Q had a problem with bowel incontinency.
The caretaker suspected there may be a problem with an infection. We took him to the doctor and sure enough that was the case. But now, some time after the infection has cleared, he has seemed to forget almost entirely that he needs to have, or how to do a bowel movement.
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