Loss of bladder control is an unpleasant, yet common issue among the aging demographic. Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies seniors can use to combat this issue, and the Anchorage elder care experts at Home Care Assistance want to share some your loved one can try. Best of all, as with many other natural treatments, the remedies that follow are designed to address incontinence at its source.
Kegel exercises are simple activities your loved one can do even while using the toilet. They involve the controlled flex and release of the muscles used to stop the flow of urine. Strength is often lost in the pelvic area over time, particularly among women who have had one or more natural childbirths.
Excess body weight can place an undue amount of stress on the bladder and cause light bladder leakage. This is especially true when this fat is primarily stored in the abdominal region. Implementing a healthy, balanced diet and a routine exercise plan can help your loved one shed unwanted pounds and regain lost bladder control. As your loved one nears the ideal body weight, he or she will likely experience an increase in overall health.
Loss of bladder control could be a sign of magnesium deficiency. This important nutrient plays a major role in promoting proper nerve and muscle functioning. It can also alleviate incontinence by allowing the bladder to empty completely and by preventing bladder muscle spasms. Encourage your loved one to focus on eating magnesium-rich foods like bananas, corn, beets, potatoes, and dark leafy greens.
Vitamin D deficiencies are another common cause of incontinence. Although seniors are advised to wear sunblock to prevent skin damage during times of prolonged sun exposure, it is important to ensure they’re still getting plenty of this nutrient. Sitting on a sunny porch for just 15 minutes, twice a week, is a great way to prevent vitamin D deficiency. Studies have shown people with normal levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop pelvic floor disorders of any type, including light bladder leakage and incontinence. Consuming more fortified dairy products or taking supplements under the guidance of a nutritionist, naturopath, or medical doctor can also increase your loved one’s vitamin D intake.
If your loved one could use some help managing incontinence, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help with exercise and meal prep to help keep your loved one healthy, and can also assist with bathing, grooming, and much more. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Anchorage seniors and their families can rely on. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (907) 770-0907 to schedule a free in-home consultation.