HEALTH MATTERS: Conservative therapy for urinary incontinence can help older adults
KRISTEN L. MAUK RN, APRN, BC, CRRN-A, PHD

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Nursing2014
August 2005 
Volume 35  Number 8
Pages 20 - 21
 
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MAUK, KRISTEN L. RN, APRN, BC, CRRN-A, PHD

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, urinary incontinence (UI) isn't an inevitable or normal part of aging—yet UI affects about 30% of older adults living at home and about 50% of those in nursing homes. Women are much more likely to experience UI than men. Besides physical problems such as skin breakdown, UI can cause various emotional problems—embarrassment, frustration, depression, and loss of self-esteem. These can lead to social isolation, loss of independence, and even institutionalization.

Fortunately, UI is highly treatable in most cases. In this article, I'll discuss what you can do to help your patient regain control and maintain her independence.

What's causing your patient's UI?

Assess each patient for the absence or presence of incontinence by taking a thorough history and performing a complete physical exam. Your patient who has UI may ...

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