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Thinking about continence

Although people of any age may be affected by incontinence, it is much more common in older people, especially women. As a friend’s doctor commented to her, in reviewing her mother’s care, incontinence is cited as one of the reasons older people end up going into residential aged care. The reality is that it can be a difficult thing to manage, especially when someone is doubly incontinent.

It is an area that remains shrouded by secrecy and not one that people are likely to share anecdotes about over a cup of coffee. However, it is important to remember that many things can be done to manage, treat and potentially overcome incontinence and continence problems. The first step needs to be to acknowledge the issue, and to seek the appropriate medical help to identify the cause of the problem, which can then help to guide its treatment and management. There is a lot of helpful information available, along with skilled continence nurse advisors who can provide invaluable advice on management options.

Go to Live Well Longer free resource Helpful Continence Information and Support to get the latest information on the resources and support available.

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