Preventing and Managing Elderly Incontinence

Incontinence can be treated and managed safely without the use of drugs. There are many simple treatments for different types of incontinence, and a general rule is to always start with the simplest and safest treatments.

One of the easiest and simplest ways to ensure bladder health is to follow a proper diet. Caffeine, citrus fruits, alcohol, chocolate, spicy food, artificial sweeteners, and carbonated drinks should be avoided, as these items can irritate the bladder and lead to incontinence. Reducing intake of fried food, spicy/tomato-based sauces, and milk products will also help decrease incontinence issues.

Kegel exercises for both men and women can also help prevent incontinence. When doing Kegel exercises, make sure to have an empty bladder. The first step is to identify pelvic muscles, which are the muscles that are engaged to stop one’s flow of urine. Squeeze and hold these muscles for 4 seconds, and relax for 4 seconds. Repeat 10-15 times for one set, and complete 3 sets a day. Since this exercise is very subtle, you can do them anywhere! Just make sure to start off slow and avoid straining these muscles too much.

By monitoring diet and doing Kegel exercises, incontinence can be controlled and treated without the side effects of drugs or other complex treatments.