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Breaking the taboos and myths surrounding urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence remains a taboo topic but practitioners can help to raise awareness, advise older people on how to manage this condition, and signpost them to further sources of support, reports Kathy Oxtoby.

Learning points It’s estimated that 3.4 million people over 65 in the UK experience urinary incontinence at some time in their life. Up to 70% of women relate the onset of their urinary incontinence to their final menstrual period. Urinary incontinence is associated with skin breakdown and urine infections in older patients. Treatment and management depends on the cause of urinary incontinence. Getting the right incontinence products will help individuals to manage their condition and carry on with normal life. Urinary incontinence – the unintentional passing of urine “may be a common problem in older people. But its impact on


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