Okay, first of all, from personal experience and based on data commercials are now readily displaying, we know that overactive bladder does not just happen in the elderly. That being said, I will be relaying some data that Scott A MacDiarmid, MD, FRCPSC shared on the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2312344/ website.
Just like on television overactive bladder syndrome is referred to as the acronym OAB. OAB consists of several lower urinary tract symptoms which include: urinary urgency, with or without incontinence, and according to Dr. MacDiarmid, is ordinarily association with frequency and nocturia (which according to the Cleveland Clinic is a condition in which you wake up during the night because you have to urinate. As an elderly caregiver this really has to sound familiar!
OAB is toxic in the fashion that it just happens to effect each and every aspect of a person’s daily life. Their mobility is sometimes impaired due to this condition, they feel isolated socially because they are afraid of going out, having an accident and being embarrassed, and, if you watch the commercials closely, you will see that when a person has to frequently ‘go,’ it impairs productivity in life and this means if they are still working that their work life is effected!
On top of that, people that have OAB feel more depressed, partly to do with the fact that they rarely get a good night’s sleep because they are in constant fear of having to use the bathroom. It also affects many people’s domestic and sexual lives. The reason that if really affects the elderly so hard is because of added medical issues that the person may be experiencing besides OAB.
By realizing just how an elderly individual may feel, you are putting yourself out there to show them that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.