Caregiver Resources - Bowel & Bladder

Incontinence happens when there is an involuntary loss of urine or stool (bowels).(4)  The loss of bowel or bladder control can become more prevalent as people age however it is not a normal part of aging. It can often be a sign of other health problems such as weak muscles, constipation or diabetes.(2)  (3)  Incontinence is often not reported as some people think it is a part of aging or feel awkward and embarrassed.  Women experience urine incontinence twice as often as men.(1)  With treatment, it can be controlled or cured.

It is important to understand there are treatments available and ways to assist the person who has incontinence and also support the family members who are helping to provide support and care.(2) (4)     

Talk to your health care professional.

References

1. About Fecal Incontinence. (2014). The Canadian Continence Foundation. Retrieved March 10, 2014 from:
    http://www.canadiancontinence.ca/EN/fecal-incontinence.php

2. Australian Government: Department of Health. (2012). Older Persons. Retrieved March 11, 2014 from:
    http://www.bladderbowel.gov.au/olderpersons/

3. Bostock, N & Kelly, A. (2011) Help for people who care for someone with bladder or bowel problems.
    Retrieved March 11, 2014 from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging website:
    http://www.bladderbowel.gov.au/assets/doc/ContinenceCarers.html

4. The Canadian Continence Foundation (2009). Retrieved March 10, 2014 :
    http://www.canadiancontinence.ca/pdfs/impacts-of-incontinence-in-canada.pdf