Both individuals and health care systems have substantial costs associated with them due to Overactive Bladder Disorder (OAD). In the year 1995 alone, urinary incontinence costs in the U.S. for people aged 65 or older were estimated to be $26.3 billion. This cost equals out to be $3,565 per affected person.
The costs were mainly assimilated with routine care; actually about $11.4 billion were due to routine care, including pads and reusable briefs, laundry costs from cleaning and bedding. Elders on fixed budgets find these costs exceptionally burdensome as one can imagine!
Insurance usually does not cover most costs associated with OAD, except perhaps some of the medications prescribed by physicians. The rest of the costs have to be paid out-of-pocket. It is very difficult.
When you consider that 23% of married couples and 46% of single elders receive 90% of their total income from social security alone, this is not enough to live on and to take care of incontinence issues, too. Thankfully there are other organizations that are willing to help, but statistics tell us that by the year 2030, one in five individuals will be over the age of 65, so what are these organizations supposed to do to help all of these people?
Many people have lost all that they invested in recent years due to stock market crashes and lost investments. Social security may not even be around by then, so what will people do?
Maybe it is up to people like me to find a way for people to survive. Maybe it is up to me to show all elders that With Age Comes Respect!