As we grow older, our bodies start to fall apart. We wake up one morning to discover we cannot grasp our coffee cup as tightly. Getting up from our easy chair is just not so easy anymore. Climbing stairs takes longer, and when we laugh at a joke, we have to cross our legs to plug bladder leaks or rush to the bathroom to relieve ourselves. The truth is, as we slow down, our organs are no longer reliable. An overactive bladder is one cause of
urinary incontinence and can strike both caregivers and the elderly alike.
When you suffer from an overactive bladder, the muscles contract uncontrollably leading to the urgency to urinate. If the urge is strong enough, embarrassing accidents such as bed wetting can occur. There are a variety of causes of an overactive bladder including,
Alzheimer’s disease, urinary tract infection, or constipation. Another big reason may be your diet. Yes, believe it or not, some foods may make frequent trips to the restroom common. When it comes to providing quality senior care, a few simple changes to eating habits may do the trick.
Foods for Seniors to Avoid
Some foods irritate the bladder. Home care for seniors is easier when you remove those items from their diet. Check out this short list:
Even though chocolate, caffeine, and carbonated beverages may cause your bladder to overact, that does not mean your palate has to suffer.
Foods for Seniors to Embrace
Before getting frustrated at having to give up a morning cup of Joe, check out these yummy choices as a place to start:
General Home Care Practices to Keep Bladder Problems at Bay
Check out these bladder-friendly guidelines for you and your loved ones:
With a few changes to your diet, you or your loved one can slow down or stop the adverse effects of an overactive bladder including bed wetting. At Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton, our compassionate caregivers serve you and your elderly loved ones with in-home care. We provide support with daily activities, including advice and nutrition tips.
Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our community.
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