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Urinary incontinence in the elderly

Urinary incontinence can occur in people who have spinal conditions and other neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis.

A weak bladder can cause urinary incontinence, so it is good idea to always exercise and choose an activity that lets you use your legs. Symptoms of a weak bladder could include less energy to do what you want throughout the day, inability to drink large quantities of water without running to the bathroom and, for senior men, a harder time getting an erection.


Urinary Incontinence takes several forms:

  • Urge Incontinence: Seniors with urge incontinence experience involuntary contractions of their bladder that cause difficulties in stopping their urine.
  • Stress Incontinence: Occurs when abdominal pressure overcomes the closing pressure of the bladder.
  • Overflow incontinence is the rarest form of UI. This is caused by bladders that are unable to contract or have very weak contractions.
  • Functional Incontinence comes next where seniors are unable to reach the bathroom in time. The individual cannot plan to go to the bathroom but they can still feel they have to control their urine.
  • Mixed incontinence is a generic diagnosis that includes two or more types of incontinence.

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