HOW NEEDS CHANGE BY AGE
"Incontinence is a common part of aging but it is never normal," says Dr. Lisa Rosenberg, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh's geriatric department. "Because it is so common, people think that they should accept it. In almost all cases, it is something a well-trained physician or nurse practitioner can help with. We can actually cure most of those people." 1
Urinary incontinence is more common among women than men. 10% to 30% of American women/girls aged 15-64 years are thought to suffer from it, compared to between 1.5% and 5% of men. The Department of Health, UK, estimates that 20% of all women over the age of 40 are affected by urinary incontinence.
Currently, over 25 million people in North America experience incontinence. While it is not a symptom of older age, rates of incontinence do increase above age 65. One consideration often overlooked with incontinence is the very real risk and incidence of slipping and falling – an outcome that is substantially more complicated and serious with an older population.