As we age, it becomes more common to experience bladder issues. Our bladder is part of our urinary system, which includes our urethra, ureters, and our kidneys. The bladder is a hollow organ and can stretch out and become less elastic as we get older. When our bladders become less stretchy, it’s difficult to hold as much urine as we were able to before – causing more frequent visits to the bathroom. In addition, our pelvic floor muscles may become weaker, furthering the issue of incontinence.
Common Bladder Problems
UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections): These are the second most common type of infection in our entire body. Over 50% of women will experience a UTI at some point in their life. As we age, UTIs become more common due to weakening of the bladder muscles, making it more difficult to empty our bladders completely. There are a few types of UTIs including:
- Bladder infection
- Urethra infection
- Kidney infection
Bladder cancer: Bladder cancer is a common form of cancer that we see in men more than women. Bladder cancer is more likely to affect older adults; however, it can happen at any age of life.
Bladder Health Program
As part of our Bladder Health Program, our trained clinicians will identify the type of incontinence you may be experiencing and develop a plan of care specific to you. Our goal is to educate each patient and/or caregiver to equip them with the tools needed to provide a successful outcome and improve quality of life.
Our Bladder Health Program is tailored specifically to each patient and may include:
- Lifestyle Modifications
- Timed-voiding Schedule
- Pelvic Floor Strengthening
- Detailed assessment of bladder functions and habits
- Helpful tools to determine the root cause of incontinence
- Lifestyle training to decrease bladder leakage
- Prescription medication assessment and review