Speaking to others about incontinence is something that most elders don’t speak freely about because they get highly embarrassed by the fact that they urinate themselves in the most public ways. The thing is that most of these people just believe that Overactive Bladder Disorder (OAB) is a normal part of the aging process, but this is not the case!
Anyone age 40 or over can suffer the effects of OAB. Unfortunately 40% of individuals ages 40-74 have failed to mention their incontinence to their healthcare providers. If you happen to watch television, you will be able to envision the number of coping strategies that people use to cover the fact that they have OAB.
Some of these techniques include restroom mapping, wearing pads or adult diapers and/or wearing dark clothing to hide the fact that they may urinate themselves. Many elders are willing to do anything at all possible just to not have to discuss their difficulties with their doctors.
There are also a number of other obstacles that prevent many physicians from aggressively screening their elderly patients for OAB. One of these is that many healthcare providers simply did not inquire from their patients if they suffer from urinary incontinence; the fact is only about 31% of doctors actually asked their older patients about it.
Many doctors give the excuse that they are trying to effectively treat more serious or acute disorders, but the real reason is that many of these same doctors are embarrassed or uncomfortable asking their patients about this condition.
It is a well-known fact that there are many mental and emotional barriers that many physicians suffer from. Many times it is much more pronounced with the elderly.
This is where a good and caring caregiver can step in and make the initial suggestions thus breaking down some of the barriers. It is all in effort to prove that With Age Comes Respect.