Urinary incontinence is common among older adults. Even so, patients may be reluctant to discuss the topic with their doctor. Some may be embarrassed or think it’s just a normal part of the aging process, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports.
They may not realize that urinary incontinence can be treated or improved in 8 of 10 cases, according to a study published in the Journal of Aging and Health.
Our “Ask Away” campaign encourages Medicare members to have open and honest discussions with their doctors. Initiate the discussion by asking:
- Have you experienced any urinary leakage or had any accidents in the past few months?
- Do you have an urgency to urinate or often have to rush to the restroom?
- Does the need to urinate interrupt your sleep?
- Are you currently receiving any treatment for urinary incontinence?
Let your patients know they are not alone and help is available. Emphasize that treatment may reduce or eliminate their urinary incontinence symptoms. Offer referrals to a specialist when necessary. Working together, we can improve the quality of life of our older adult population.
If you can, share this blog post with your Medicare patients: “Don’t let loss of bladder control hold you back.”