Incontinence is the inability to control excretory function leading to urinary or fecal incontinence respectively. Loss of a bowel or bladder control does become more prevalent as people age.
For fecal incontinence review symptoms and perform:
For urinary incontinence a functional assessment is recommended in the elderly.
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