Is Incontinence a Normal Part of Aging?
No, in most cases, adult incontinence is not a normal part of aging. You do not have to continue to wear pads to soak up your dribbles, wear dark clothing to conceal your leaks, or cross your legs every time you laugh or sneeze.
Our bodies are designed not to be incontinent until the time we die, and many of our age-related changes that contribute to adult incontinence (having given birth in the past, not walking very much now, etc.), are reversible.
Many people who tell their doctor about their urinary incontinence are prescribed drugs or even surgery. However, Peggy Landini, a licensed occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of adult incontinence, recommends another approach.
Ms. Landini shares her experience, “I have seen hundreds of patients with urinary incontinence, and more than 80% of them can stop wearing protective pads within just a few weeks, without either prescriptions or surgery.”
She continued, “I work in the gynecologist’s office, and before she will perform the corrective surgery, she refers every patient to me. In most cases, we are delighted that the surgery is no longer necessary once the patient learns some simple things to change about her liquid intake, exercise, and daily activities.”
The majority of people with adult incontinence can stop leaking with two simple exercises and in investment of about 15 minutes a day. Do you find that hard to believe? Start keeping track in a journal or small notebook how much you are drinking and how much you are drinking. Here is a link to a “Voiding Diary” that will help you to track your fluid intake and your leaks.
Before you start, write down your estimate of how often you think you are leaking. Then track it for a week. Most people are surprised to find that they are actually leaking more often than they thought.
Now that you know your starting point, your “baseline,” you can then work on some ways to change. Small adjustments in your fluid intake, specific exercises and activities can make a big difference. The combination of these things will mean that the next time you track your leaks and compare your results with your baseline starting point, you will probably see dramatic changes in your leaking incidents. We guarantee it.