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As you grow older, leading an active lifestyle becomes much more important, but most individuals appear to become more sedentary with age. While there are many explanations for this – from health issues to the fear of injury, many seniors simply haven’t found an activity that is right for them.

5 suggestions for elderly fitness:

Dancing

Taking up dancing is an excellent way to increase general physical health for seniors who are still very capable of movement. Dancing also improves strength, mobility, and balance, aside from being good for the heart. And since it moves nearly every part of the body, in older adults, it will also help prevent muscle pain and stiffness.

However, the potential advantages of routine dancing are not limited to the physical aspects. Being in a social environment prevents elderly depression and has tremendous positive effects on their emotional well-being.

Walking

Walking is an obvious choice when it comes to physical activity for the elderly. It’s easily one of the best exercises out there with a low impact, and it’s light on the joints, so seniors can continue to do it until very late in life.

Both the mind and the body will benefit from keeping a walking routine. Not only is it a perfect way to get you going, taking outdoor strolls; it also helps improve your mood and clear your head.

Cycling

If you love being outdoors, cycling is certainly an activity you are going to enjoy. Cycling is a great cardiovascular workout that can also improve equilibrium, strengthen the muscles of the leg, and improve senior cognitive performance. And because it’s low-impact, for seniors who can not participate in running or other high-impact activities due to bone or joint problems, it’s an ideal choice. The best part is that you can almost do it anywhere!

If you live in the suburbs or rural areas, riding a bike shouldn’t be a problem. Consider scheduling weekend bike rides with your family or friends if there are cycling trails near your home. However, you may want to give indoor cycling a try for seniors living in cities or busier neighborhoods.

Tai-chi and yoga

Both tai-chi and yoga tick all the right boxes in a good exercise category. They combine endurance with strength training, flexibility, and balance.

Yoga is a gentle approach to fitness, yet holistic. Every posture is weight-bearing, although yoga poses seem to focus on flexibility at first glance. Yoga helps develop strength in the bones and muscles, improves core stability, and improves overall mobility of the body, all of which are very important as you age.

Tai-chi is, like Yoga, a low-impact exercise, but one that slowly flows from pose to pose. It is said that practicing Tai-chi is effective in increasing muscle strength while improving blood circulation. The flowing movements tone the muscles and stretch them, while the balance is improved by the various poses.

For seniors, how much exercise is recommended?

Seniors’ health, physical condition, and cognitive skills can differ greatly. Thus, their exercise routine often varies in type, number, and frequency.

As a general rule, you should strive for the level that makes you feel comfortable physically and mentally. Any physical activity level is fine as long as you don’t overexert yourself. To prevent accidents, remember to start slow and gradually increase the time or intensity of your exercise routine.

Do them with your friends and family or join a class to make these activities safer and more fun and use it as an opportunity to interact and bond with others.

Exercising is not just about adding years to your life, after all, but adding life to your years.


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Gardening is more than just a hobby. In fact, people who enjoy gardening have many proven benefits. Even if you are not an amateur or professional gardener, you should take advantage of and enjoy the various benefits that this activity brings.

Gardening has many recognized benefits, and you can experience them by creating and caring for a vegetable, fruit, or herb little garden. These are some of the mentioned benefits:

Gardening improves your mood

When you take some personal time spent in the garden, or terrace/balcony, your anxiety level decreases and you may start to feel less depressed. One study* looked at the benefits of gardening over many years, through a 12-week experiment, in people diagnosed with depression. The researchers measured various aspects of mental health before and after the intervention, including symptoms of depression. They found that each participant’s symptoms improved significantly. Then, they monitored them, who agreed to take surveys for months, and found that the improvements persisted.

Gardening strengthens

Gardening is considered an exercise because it requires some small muscular tasks, like mowing the lawn or raking, which would be light exercises. You can also dig, prune, and cut wood to change this level of movement to moderate. All of these tasks ensure that you build muscle, which can help you build strength. Over time, you will use all the important gardening muscle groups, and this is one of its main benefits for the elderly.
Gardening can also help you sleep up to seven hours a night.

May relieve chronic pain

Many people suffer from chronic joint pain. These become stiffer, which makes people less likely to move them because it causes more pain, and this can end in an incurable loop. Gardening can help relieve some of the stiffness caused by chronic pain. You can start small by having, for example, a Mediterranean herb garden in your own home, and take care of them every day. Planting, watering, and maintaining herbs will help you move your joints, which can reduce some of the symptoms. If your chronic pain is caused by arthritis, exercise can help increase pain resistance and reduce some inflammation.

Reduce stress levels

Another benefit of gardening is that it reduces stress levels. It can help you recover after a stressful event. One study*** made a group of people feel stimulated by stress. Then they broke into small groups and were asked one to work in the garden while the other group read quietly. The researchers then tested the stress hormone levels in each person and found that those in the gardening group were lower than those in the silent reading group.

It can help you eat better

The price of fresh vegetables produces skyrockets in the off-season months, causing many people to consume canned vegetables. One of the benefits of gardening is that you can harvest a lot of vegetables without being a professional. There are dozens of easy-to-grow vegetables that you can eat later this year. You can even find new vegetables that you have never tried before, and the food you get is free from pesticides and herbicides. If you live in the right climate and grow it, you can eat fresh organic vegetables and fruits!

It can improve your self-esteem

A little busy life can cause you to lose self-esteem. One of the benefits of gardening is that you can boost your self-esteem naturally and quickly. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done gardening before and aren’t sure if you’re good at it: plant your seeds, water and fertilize your garden, and then watch them grow. As more plants grow, your self-esteem will increase. Completing new tasks brings great feelings and the garden, moreover, will give you opportunities to learn many new things.

 

 

 

* (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21371227/)

** (https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/newsreleases/2015/june/yoga-running-weight-lifting-an)

*** (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1359105310365577)


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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many weaknesses in the healthcare system in Spain and in the rest of the world. Although the pandemic affects the entire population, the threat of it is particularly serious for the elderly and the most dependent. The impact of response measures has been disproportionately reduced, which has had serious consequences in terms of deaths, opportunities, and social inclusion.

In the face of a pandemic, preparing homes and taking care of the needs of the ones who are vulnerable is not only a special challenge for families, but also for governments. Elder people living in residences usually spend time indoors, sometimes even in crowded places, which can increase the transmission of the virus. Therefore, many countries have adopted various measures to control infections and protect those elderly who require long-term care. These measures include prevention and control, management of human and financial resources, and coordination with public health authorities.

Next, we will suggest a series of actions based on our experience and knowledge of this sector. This is how we envision a fair and flexible healthcare system at DNX:

Strengthening the social care system
In the short term, action needs to be taken to manage potential new epidemics and meet the care needs of dependent people. Successful measures should continue to be taken to protect residents. At the same time, financial assistance should be provided to people who have stopped working to maintain or prevent contagion from vulnerable family members and who have no benefits to help these people. The mid-term solution would be to expand the availability of professional home care and improve research and data to monitor, evaluate, and strengthen health care and delivery systems.

Improving government administration of the health care sector
Those countries that have received public assistance in the health care system for the elderly and dependents can establish more effective response measures on the basis of these delivery systems. These systems could expand their coverage and thus provide more support to caregivers. Government management is especially important in countries that have established social pensions, and are considering financing and providing medical services.

Using technological solutions to combat isolation
The telemedicine system reduces the possibility of pathogen transmission while ensuring that the current and emergency medical needs of vulnerable groups can be met. Integrated wearable technology, such as our product, Touchcare, can be used to monitor vital signs and remember when necessary medications are to be taken, thus reducing physical contact with caregivers.
Isolation is a problem that causes serious psychological and physical consequences to these dependent people. Social distancing measures aggravate the isolation problem, which can be partially solved by improving the availability of video calls and other communication systems specially designed for this purpose.

The damage that COVID-19 causes to the most vulnerable groups is very serious. Government action to address the urgent needs of these people in this crisis is crucial. It is also important to develop systems and policies to alleviate future crises, including a third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent health problems caused by the infection.
In summary, there are a number of aspects that each government can improve to prepare society to protect the vulnerable and most dependent people from this type of crisis: the implementation of new social protection systems, the establishment of flexible and accessible systems that prioritize residential and home care, and the intelligent integration of IT solutions, such as the smart remote monitoring system Touchcare.


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In Spain, about 2 million people over 65 live alone. According to the National Statistics Office, women represent 75%. Many of them have limited mobility or poor physical condition, forcing them to stay home during these special periods. But the biggest problem is not entirely a health problem.

These days, more aggressive illnesses can erode their emotional stability. At Christmas, the loneliness of the elderly looms over the homes of hundreds of thousands of socially isolated elderly people, and also on the fringes of family celebrations that are so common at this time of year.

Christmas is a precious time for many people and overwhelming for others. Also, this year we are caught in a huge emotional shock, especially for elderly people. No wonder: loneliness is deadlier than the coronavirus. The confinement and the new restrictions make older people feel lonely, have fear and even feel panic… We must take responsibility and respect the new restrictions imposed on these Christmas dates. However, we must not forget our family. Although people have limitations in social gatherings and social distancing measures, we can express our love for them even if it is not through physical contact. Our seniors also need this positive attitude and to be able to describe these holidays in this way.

At DNX, among companies and organizations dedicated to the care of the elderly, one of the areas that worries us the most is that loneliness can become a trigger for other more serious problems. Lack of emotion and attention is more dangerous than lack of proper medical treatment. Some diseases can only be cured through direct contact with others.

The World Health Organization itself warns that loneliness is a decisive factor in increasing the deterioration of the physical and psychological conditions of the elderly. Talking with them, accompanying them, and making them feel loved and protected must be maintained 365 days a year, as also be particularly sensitive to days as important as Christmas. Loneliness can jeopardize self-esteem, accelerate cognitive decline, lead to home confinement, increase the incidence of cardiovascular disease, etc.

Given this bleak prospect, is there a solution? Fortunately, yes, and they are becoming increasingly popular, especially during these calendar periods when no one can stay home alone. For this reason, in many countries, there are already plans to avoid the loneliness of the elderly at Christmas.

Thanks to accompanying activities, inclusive activities, and continuous support for the social development of the elderly, the saddest and loneliest aspect of Christmas is gradually changing. We still have a long way to go, but at least we are sure that we have many options to reach out to elderly people when they need us most…

DNX wishes you a Merry Christmas!!


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Do we wash our hands well?

4 de November de 2020 0

First of all, remember that the coronavirus can be spread by inhaling drops expelled by a sick person who coughs, sneezes or exhales, and also by touching surfaces contaminated by these drops and then touching our eyes, nose or mouth. For this reason, constant hand washing is one of the best ways to protect us from the virus.

Proper hand washing with soap and water helps protect against respiratory infections such as COVID-19, as well as stomach, skin, and eye infections.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, it is also one of the most effective ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together are responsible for the majority of infant deaths. In fact, each year, more than 3.5 million children fail to celebrate their fifth birthday due to these diseases.

Effective hand washing is more than just running your fingers under water for a few seconds. To help kill any germs and viruses, you should use warm soapy water and rub every part of your fingers, thumbs, hands, and wrists. Soap not only cleans, but also removes bacteria from your hands. If we use soap and water we can eliminate up to 80% of harmful microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria that lodge on our hands, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Here are some basic techniques to help you wash your hands well and stay safe, step-by-step:

  1. Soap and warm water: Begin by wetting your hands thoroughly with warm water. Then apply a generous amount of soap.

 

  1. Take your time: Rub your hands together for at least 20 to 30 seconds.

 

  1. Palms and hands: Rub your palms together and create a lot of lather before moving on to rubbing the back of your hands.

 

  1. Fingers and nails: interlock your fingers and rub soap between them. Then rub the back and the tips of your fingers, even under your nails.

 

  1. Thumbs too: Next are the thumbs. Lather and wash them well. Thumbs are often overlooked, despite how often they come into contact with doors, taps, and more.

 

  1. Rinse with lukewarm water: Finally, rinse your hands thoroughly with lukewarm water.

 

  1. Dry your hands: It is important to dry your hands completely.

According to UNICEF, germs spread more easily on wet skin than on dry skin, so it is extremely important to dry your hands completely with paper or a clean towel to kill germs without spreading them to other surfaces. If you dry yourself with paper, remember to throw it away immediately. If, instead, you do it with a towel, remember to wash it frequently.

Researchers are not sure how long the coronavirus can live on surfaces. Reports range from several hours to several days. That is why it is essential to wash your hands frequently when you are in public and avoid touching your face.

If you do not have soap and water, UNICEF recommends using alcohol gel that has a minimum alcohol content of 60%.

Remember that alcohol gel is used as a temporary measure, as it works as a supplement, so it is important that you wash your hands as soon as possible when you get access to soap and water.


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Hong is the protagonist of this story. Born in Yongin (Korea) 75 years ago, he was one of the first people to try Touchcare in his day-to-day life. He started using it in July of this year and is still very happy to this day. Here’s an anecdote the Touchcare team had with him not many days ago:

A Yongin City social worker was surprised because he had not seen too much activity on Mr. Hong’s profile through Touchcare remote monitoring. The caregiver called the man but had no answer. Then he went to the old man’s house and knocked on the door. There was no answer either.

The caregiver, seeing that the application indicated some activity but did not respond, called us to check that the system was working properly and that Mr. Hong had no problems. We checked it out and everything worked fine. Then, observing some more data about the person assisted, through statistics and graphs (which we can only access in cases of emergency), we deduced that he was fine and that he had, surely, been through a lazy mood of few days of less activity.

Since we didn’t understand why he wasn’t answering the phone or the front door, and we also wanted to know what the recent lack of activity was due to, we sent Mr. Hong a voice message, through the app, asking if he could confirm that he was fine from the app. He replied by voice message that he was fine and then, while the caregiver was still waiting outside his home, we sent him another message indicating that he should open the door, and he did.

What was happening was that Mr. Hong had a little cold lately and had stayed longer than usual sitting on the chair (so there hadn’t been too much activity recorded in the caregiver’s app). It’s also true that Mr. Hong doesn’t have a very good ear, and he turned up the volume on the TV very loudly, which made it even harder for him to hear the bell. What no one understands yet is how he was able to hear the voice messages, but we think it’s due to carrying the phone with him and being able to notice the vibrations caused by the app’s message.

It is an unsolved mystery that says a lot in favor of this new technology that we are perfecting to be able to help dependent people more effectively, smart voice messages. This technology has already given us very positive results in testing, and we are confident that it will soon be completed in order to hit the market. Last month we saw a 203% increase in seniors going for a walk after the app advised them to do so via voice message.

Yongin City, thanks to the support we have had from the city council (which has even provided us with an office space in the “Digital Tech Innovation Center”), is one of the first places we have started to do tests to see if our product was really effective in practice, in real life, and the result has been very positive.

There are currently more than 200 seniors in Yongin who have their sensors installed at home and wear the watch every day, helping us to refine our product and application more and more.

Hopefully, soon there will be many more people who can benefit from Touchcare!

 

 

 

 

 


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Easy and delicious recipes

12 de October de 2020 0

Eating healthy is one of the key requirements for a full and disease-free life. Today everyone is very busy with their work, and the only thing that many tend to ignore is having a balanced and nutritious diet. Instead, they turn to fast food, which is easy to make, quick to assimilate, and palatable. If there could be certain recipes that, along with the aforementioned characteristics of fast food, would also be healthy, it would be a mutual positive situation for everyone.

And this is also true for the elderly people.

After a certain age, proper nutrition becomes even more critical due to the deterioration of the body’s condition and the inability to digest certain things. Taste buds change, drug side effects spoil old appetite, and a certain amount of laziness creeps in. The body’s system begins to become more delicate, requiring a little more care than when you were young. Therefore, the importance of a healthy diet is more for the elderly.

Here are 6 easy and healthy recipes!

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Take the yogurt and vanilla and mix them in a bowl. Take four glasses of “parfait” and add this mixture. Top it with honey, walnuts, and clementine. Add the remaining mixture on top and garnish with honey, clementine, and walnuts again. Serve immediately and enjoy this healthy dessert / breakfast.

Fish with pineapple sauce

If taste were a factor, this dish would be at the top of the list. The sauce is made mainly by combining coriander, onion, rice vinegar, pineapple and red pepper. Take a frying pan to grill, sprinkle a little oil, add the fish fillets and cook 4 minutes on each side. Add the sauce on top for a delicious flavor.

Ideal for lunch or dinner, and has a high nutritional content!

Spinach Pie

Who doesn’t like cake? A spinach cake may surprise some people, but speculation is unnecessary since it is as tasty as a cake! To make this recipe, you need to heat the oven to 350 degrees. Take a baking sheet and melt the butter. Take beaten eggs, milk, flour, garlic, and pour all the mixture onto a baking sheet. Add some cheese and spinach and bake until golden brown.

The crustless spinach tart is ready to serve!

Vegetable soup

Soup is always a good and tasty food, and adding a variety of vegetables to it greatly increases its health value. To make this soup, first heat a little oil over medium heat and then add the vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, cabbage, artichoke and others according to your choice. To this mixture, add water and a little tomato juice. Boil it. After the heat is reduced, add the basil leaves and simmer until the vegetables are soft and tender. Add the appropriate seasonings to taste and… Done!

Oatmeal with banana

Put some salted oatmeal cereal in a microwave-safe container, along with a little water, and heat it for a minute. Stir it for a while and reheat it in the microwave for 1 minute. You can also heat it up for an additional 30 seconds to get thicker, if you like. Once this is done, add some slices of banana and yogurt and … You already have an easy and tasty recipe for breakfast!

Marinated bean salad

As the name suggests, this salad consists of 3 types of beans. This recipe is very easy to make, and can be kept for a few days after it is made. Have canned lima beans, green beans, and kidney beans. Take an onion, make rings out of it and add them to the variety of beans. Add a little green bell pepper and garnish with a fat-free Italian vinaigrette. Mix it well and marinate it in the fridge for almost half an hour. Drain the water before serving this delicious salad.

Once you get old you don’t have to compromise on anything, neither taste nor health. And once you know how to make these recipes, you can prepare the best for yourself in no time!


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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, most nursing home aides report that their residents are experiencing cognitive and physical impairments due to a lack of consistent and meaningful human engagement. Frontline staff members are struggling to engage more than ever, and they need support. They now have little outside activity support for residents, and are being asked to try to connect individually with residents at a time when budgets are running low and the virus continues to threaten the health and well-being of everyone, especially the elderly.

Senior communities must equip their staff with the tools they need to be able to do their jobs every day, and providing the basic opportunity to practice self-care is a key part of this strategy. When the caregiver staff dedicates time to self-care, they can help each resident with more experience and empathy, as they deserve. Frontline staff members have been put to the test with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is our responsibility to support them now so that they can be the best assistants these dependent residents can have.

Despite the hurdles they face every day, senior residents ‘entertainment’ and care professionals across the country continue to display extreme resilience and creativity. Getting back to normal will take months, if not years, and because it is a marathon and not a sprint, steps must be taken to provide staff with the tools they need for personal care.

These health professionals need to test and build their own “toolboxes” that serve to manage the emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive health of our elders. Reflecting on coping skills that have worked in the past and trying new strategies can be key aids in building these resources.

Finally, they should incorporate these self-care measures into their professional routines, as they would in a meeting or on a date, increasing responsibility and, with it, the success of their goal.

The good news is that incorporating self-care into their daily routine is inexpensive, and yet the benefits of doing so are immense. Senior life industries have been providing self-care and support tools for many years. Now it’s the time for professionals to recognize, educate and empower the enrichment of the elderly life, so that they can take care of themselves and, in turn, motivate and meaningfully involve the residents of these centers in the activities and self-care mentioned, and thus achieve that they can live each day with a worthy purpose.


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Imagine that you are 80 years old and you recently moved from your hometown to the coast to be close to your children and grandchildren. While you are happy with the move and the greater support of living close to family, you also find yourself in a new life situation a bit lonely, without the circle of lifelong friends around you.

Many older adults have felt at one point or another that they have “rusty” social skills, and that they are too old to make new friends. It’s hard to say goodbye to a comfortable circle of lifelong friends and try to make new friends in your golden years. But research studies have repeatedly shown that having friends and an active social life is essential for the physical and mental health of older adults.

Here is a list of helpful tips for making new friends over 65:

Manage expectations of making new friends

Making quality friends takes time. Sometimes months or years, so patience is necessary. You can’t expect to meet someone and have a new best friend overnight. Meeting new people, getting closer and cultivating a new friendship is a slow process that requires consistency.

When people feel that you are too needy or desperate to make a new friend, they may turn off and walk away. It’s better to show genuine interest but then give a new friend the time and space to develop naturally, at their own pace, rather than trying to force things. Having multiple friends can help you not rely too heavily on one friend for all of your needs.

How to manage loneliness

When you feel lonely, one of the best things you can do is get out of the house and go to places where there are lots of people and activity: the mall, the bookstore, the community park, the gym, etc.

Just being around people, even if you aren’t specifically interacting with anyone, can make you feel less alone and more connected. The change of scenery from your own house or apartment also helps. Other ways to feel less alone if you don’t have friends is to stay in touch with friends and family; a simple phone call or email to say hi can help you feel more connected.

Try to stay connected

The best way to make new friends is to join groups, clubs or activities where you will find other people who share your interests and values.

Find out about your local senior center. Most cities and towns have senior centers, so check out a few in your area to get an idea of ​​their programming and events. Most senior centers offer an impressive variety of daily programming, engaging speakers and events, art and fitness classes, and more.

To have a friend, you have to be a friend

When you’re just getting to know someone, it’s important to show him or her that you can be a good friend. One way to do this is to listen well and ask questions to get to know the other person better.

Talk less and listen more, especially in the early stages of friendship. Also, think about how you can help the other person and introduce yourself when they need you. Bringing food to a friend who is sick or asking about their travels are also ways to show a new friend that you care.


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How to control incontinence

25 de September de 2020 0

While most people have their attention focused on COVID-19, caregivers are especially aware that life goes on. It is more challenging than ever.

Situations like dementia, heart problems, and incontinence don’t go away if your loved one is in a care facility or at home with you. In fact, now that countless people have become home caregivers with little to no respite from COVID-19, reliable information about care is even more vital than in the past.

How does diet affect incontinence and what foods should be avoided when it comes to bladder control?

Incontinence affects millions of people and is closely linked to diet, since what a person eats and drinks directly affects their bladder. With that said, people may think that drinking less water will help them avoid incontinence, but it can actually increase the risk of urinary tract infections, which increases the urge to urinate. Hydration benefits your bladder health, so keep drinking water.

Caffeine is an ingredient that people should avoid if they are concerned about bladder control. Foods and drinks that are high in caffeine can act as diuretics, which promote the release of water in the urine, increasing the urge to urinate. Cutting back on caffeine can be a challenge if you’ve been drinking coffee for decades, but you don’t have to suddenly stop. If you drink several cups of coffee a day, you can start small by swapping one of those coffees for an herbal tea.

Tomatoes, as well as citrus fruits like oranges and pineapples, are high in acid and are among the most irritating foods for the bladder.

What about fecal control?

One of the most obvious weak points when it comes to fecal control is lactose. Foods and drinks high in lactose can loosen stool and even upset the colon. This does not mean that you should adopt a lactose intolerant diet, but similar to changing your caffeine intake, you can make small changes like switching from regular milk to almond milk.

Spicy foods are another source of problems for the intestines, as they stress the lining of the bladder, often increasing the urge to go to the bathroom.

What other tips do we have to help people living with incontinence problems better control how it affects their lives?

First, communication can greatly reduce the impact incontinence has on your life. By communicating with your doctor or urologist when you experience incontinence symptoms, you can receive the appropriate treatment and advice. Communicating with your family or loved ones about incontinence, rather than trying to hide it, can help prevent the isolation and embarrassment that many people feel when they experience incontinence.

And as a final tip: After seeking medical advice, people can seek out incontinence supplies, such as adult briefs or pads. These products are easy to use, discreet, and go a long way in helping to control incontinence.