A senior may have to face with some age-related disorders. The muscles become loose, weaken; the wall of the bladder changes. Then bladder disorders can come. Thus, this article focuses on how to give your senior support when bladder disorders happen.
Take your senior to a doctor
The first thing you can do is take your senior to a doctor. You can know the symptoms, but you may not know what exactly causes those symptoms. Thus, you should seek help from a professional. Your senior may have a bladder infection or a urinary incontinence (a condition in which the patient cannot control the muscles around the urethra so the urine can come out).
The doctor may recommend your senior to take some physical exams and review medical history. You can tell the doctor what you know about the situation of your senior in case your senior cannot answer the question. Be honest. What you say can determine the treatment program of your senior.
If the doctor gives some advice, you should remember then help your senior follow the instructions.
You can recommend your senior to do some special exercises to improve the control of the bladder. Kegel exercises is one of the most effective exercises that can help.
Doing these exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the pelvic. These muscles provide support to the bladder.
Kegel exercises can be done by simple positions, just tell your senior:
- Imagine that your body wants to let the urine pass out, but you are trying to keep the urine.
- Pull the muscles.
- Hold this for 10 seconds.
- Repeat 10 times.
- You can do these exercises several times a day.
Tell your senior to be patient. It may take 3 to 6 weeks to see the improvement.
Set a voiding schedule
This can help your senior control bladder. You can help your senior set time to let the urine out. For example, every hour. Then the gap can be extended. Remind your senior about the schedule and let the urine pass out in time.
Lifestyle change can help. Tell your senior not to smoke, not to drink alcohol, drink less coffee. If your senior is overweight or obese, he or she should lose extra weight. You can help your senior by taking part in the losing weight program.
Your senior is prone to bladder disorders. And in this situation, your help is needed. You can provide proper support to help him or her improve the condition and have a better life. Check with the doctor about the problem to find out effective treatment method.
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Review Date: May 20, 2017 | Last Modified: May 24, 2017
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