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What Kinds of Trouble Could Your Senior Have with Her Bladder?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Aging adults might not think too much about their bladders, until they stop working as well as they used to work. If that's the case for your aging adult, learning about some of the problems that she could eventually come up against in terms of bladder health can help you spot trouble before it becomes too painful.

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, involve more than just your senior's bladder although that's one spot an infection can start out. Your senior's kidneys or urethra can also become infected. The trouble with older adults and UTIs is that the symptoms may be a little different. In addition to burning while urinating, your senior may become confused, irritable, or exhibit other unusual behaviors.

Trouble Urinating

Your aging adult may start to have difficulty urinating. This can include being unable to urinate when she feels the urge, experiencing frequent and sudden urges to urinate, and even waking up often in the night to urinate. If your senior is experiencing any of these issues, it's important to talk with her doctor. These problems can be the result of side effects from medication or due to other health conditions.

Incontinence and Poor Bladder Control

Many seniors become embarrassed by incontinence or being unable to control their bladders as they age. This might be a mild problem or more severe, causing seniors to need significant help from bladder control products. Incontinence can be a physical condition as a result of weight gain or even previous childbirth, but there are other causes, too.

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is a little scarier for most seniors. This type of cancer often occurs in the lining of the bladder itself. The earlier that your senior is able to receive treatment for this type of cancer, the better her treatment options are. Some of the symptoms to watch for include pain in the area of the bladder, blood in the urine, and pain while urinating that is not connected to an infection.

Keeping track of bladder health might involve collecting information from elderly care providers and other family members when they're helping your senior. Keeping a notebook with important signs and symptoms can help you spot trouble more quickly.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN SLATINGTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.