Incontinence is described as any accidental or involuntary loss of urine from the bladder (urinary incontinence) or bowel motion (faecal or bowel incontinence). It is a common, yet silent condition affecting many Malaysians, irrespective of age and gender.

Many people think of urinary incontinence as a problem caused by aging, but it isn’t! Fact is, incontinence can occur in men and women as young as 20 years of age.

Incontinence is always a result of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes and stroke. Finding the root cause is the first step in addressing incontinence and discovering potential solutions.

In Malaysia, incontinence affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 40, with pregnancy, childbirth and menopause being major contributing factors.[1]

However, men are just as susceptible – with 1 in 10 over the age 65 experiencing symptoms.[1]

Sadly, many who suffer from incontinence are too shy or embarrassed to speak about the condition; preferring to live in denial or concealing the fact from their family members. As a result, it is common to see seniors choosing to stay home and avoid socialising and enjoying outings for fear and embarrassment of their condition. Unfortunately, this affects their quality of life, and often causes great concern for the people who love and care for them.

If you are caring for a loved one with incontinence, please find below some quick and simple tips which will assist you to support the person whom you are caring for:

Tips to help seniors with incontinence

[1] Survey of urinary incontinence in 1362 female outpatients in KL, urinary incontinence occurs in 33% of those surveyed, P Ng and Carolyn Yim 1996 CFM survey internal file.


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