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How to discuss the topic

Incontinence - A delicate subject to discuss

Incontinence can be a delicate subject for all of us, not just for the people affected. Together, let us remove the stigma of embarrassment and make them feel more at ease and ready to accept treatment.

A common health issue

Treat incontinence just as you would treat any other discussion about the individual’s health. Bladder control issues are common and treatment is often available.

Bring up the subject regularly

Incontinence can affect people of all ages, not just the elderly. Prostate conditions, pregnancy and menopause can all cause bladder weakness issues.

Often treatable

Incontinence conditions are often treatable but many people believe it’s a natural sign of ageing or simply can’t be cured. By telling them that the majority of incontinence cases can be significantly improved, it is far easier for them to face their condition and to start discussing treatment.

Early interventions

Address the subject and start any treatment as early as possible. Of course this helps the affected individual to avoid continued emotional and physical strain from their condition, but it can also prevent even more severe social consequences. Incontinence is an all too frequent reason for admission into a nursing home – a drastic step for the individual, their families and society as a whole. With early treatment and effective management, you can help those who are living with incontinence to stay in their own homes longer.

Be proactive

Tell those in the risk zone such as men with prostate problems, young mothers and menopausal women that incontinence might occur. Similarly individuals with mobility difficulties can then experience incontinence problems that can often be helped by making toilet access easier. In all cases, by preparing those at risk of becoming incontinent, you help them quickly come to terms with any eventual problem and make it easier to ask for treatment.