Written By: Aline Browning
Feeling stressed or embarrassed over incontinence? Don’t be! World Continence Week (WCW) is a health campaign run by the World Federation For Incontinence and Pelvic Problems to help raise awareness of incontinence related issues. From June 21-27th, the WCW highlights the impact urinary incontinence can have on our lives and encourages those living with it to seek help so they no longer have to suffer in silence.
What is Incontinence?
There are various forms of incontinence, a condition that “affects over 25 million Americans” (Hopkins Medicine, 2022). Overactive Bladder (OAB), Overfilled Bladder (OFB), Urinary Dysfunction (UD), Nocturia, and Stress Incontinence are common forms of incontinence that affect both men and women. They can be caused by various factors such as chronic illness, medication, and even aging.
Overfilled Bladder (OFB)
Do you ever “leak” or “dribble urine” because your bladder is too full? You may have OFB. Overfilled Bladder (OFB) is an overflow issue that occurs when the urinary tract is blocked and the bladder can’t empty fully, causing leakage the next time there is an urge. It can be caused by an infection of the prostate in men, nerve issues, diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and even complications from bladder sling surgeries. Some people experience overflow incontinence because they cannot empty their bladder all the way when they urinate.
Most people can sleep 6-8 hours without having to get up, but if you have nocturia, you’ll wake up more than once at night. Nocturia is the frequent urge to urinate during the night. According to the Creighton University Medical Center (2022), “Nocturia is often described as the most bothersome of all urinary symptoms and is also one of the most common. Nocturia can be associated with long-term sleep deprivation, in addition to the inconvenience that it causes.”
Stress incontinence happens when a physical movement or activity such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, heavy lifting, or even the strain of standing puts pressure on your bladder causing leakage. It particularly impacts women as it can be caused by hormonal changes and weakened pelvic muscles. “43 percent of women in their 50s and early 60s said they had experienced urinary incontinence, as had 51 percent of those aged 65 and over” (Gavin, 2022). Stress Incontinence is not the same type of incontinence or urgency that an individual would get from having too much coffee or too many alcoholic beverages; it is a loss of muscular strength followed by leakage as opposed to an urgency.
How a Golden Power Lift Recliner Can Help
Golden power lift recliners provide steady and gentle lift assistance that allows you to raise your feet slowly in either a straight-lift or slightly tilted angle. The angle of the lift can be adjusted to give you options to rise to your feet more comfortably depending on your sit-to-stand transition needs. “The sit-to-stand (STS) transition is a fundamental aspect of mobility. The maneuver is relatively demanding from a neuromuscular perspective and is affected negatively by age and pathology” (Bohannon, 2015).
Also, Golden’s high-performance fabric with Alta™ technology is perfect for heavy-duty or high-traffic seating. Alta™ ramps up performance with a total liquid barrier, antimicrobial protection, and high repellency to liquids and oil-based stains. Exceptional cleanability reduces the need for harsh cleaning agents and the Durablock™ liquid barrier provides breathable protection.
Promoting Awareness Towards World Continence Week 2022
Many people don’t report their incontinence because they feel embarrassed. Dr. Jennifer Melville stated, “Studies on why women do not seek treatment for UI have identified potential reasons, such as embarrassment, viewing it as a normal part of aging, feeling that they can cope on their own, and having low expectations of benefit from treatment” (Melville, 2007).
Incontinence is very common, relatable, and is hardly anything to be embarrassed about. In recent years, some famous personalities have openly come forward to discuss their own incontinence issues to help ease the apprehension of others. “Katy Perry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kate Winslet, Tony Romo, and Stephen King are among some affluent personalities that struggle with urinary incontinence” (Michel, M.D., 2022).
There are many products and tools available such as adult sanitary products, lift assistance devices, special bedding and medications to help individuals cope with incontinence. Maintain your independence and self-confidence and find a Golden dealer near you who can answer all of your questions on incontinence and how our products can help!