It is especially important when working with the elderly to feel as though their medical professional has correctly diagnosed their OAB and is working on striking a workable balance between efficacy, tolerability and safety for your client. Since many times your clients may have other diagnosed medical conditions such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it is important that you feel as though the medical professional that they are seeing has a working knowledge of all available therapies. By ensuring this, you should be aware of these therapies as well! Scott A MacDiarmid, MD, FRCPSC has shared much of this type of data on the website http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2312344/.
When OAB was looked at more thoroughly during a study by the National Overactive Bladder Evaluation (NOBLE) study, determined that 16.9% of women and 16% of men are more prone to OAB. Of course, they determined that increases in age make the statistics more apt to be about 30% in each once a client reaches the age of 65 or older. Perhaps this is why OAB is discussed so much more readily on television and advertisers are increasing their show of support so that people will realize where to turn.
I read that by the year 2030 that one in five individuals will be aged 65 or older. This issue is about to get worse with time thus it is your duty to learn as much as possible so that you can display to your clients suffering from this that With Age Comes Respect.