Incontinence in the Elderly


There are a number of special considerations that need to be taken into account when dealing with incontinence in the elderly.

Some of these include their;

  • Mobility and hand dexterity
  • Risk of falls
  • Mental status and memory
  • Anaesthetic risk factors and other medical problems
  • Other medications they are taking
  • Support and social situation

Many elderly patients with incontinence are also bothered by nocturia.

There are a number of treatment options including behavioural therapy, medications and even local anaesthetic procedures that can improve even severe incontinence in the elderly without requiring general anaesthetic or major surgery. There is also advice with incontinence products and pads that can improve their or their carer’s ability to manage their condition.

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