Jun 23, 2015

How We Beat Incontinence -- The Solution

When I first started taking care of my mother she was suffering from urinary incontinence. If you are dealing with a person living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease then you know this can be a big problem.

Urinary Incontinence (UI) is a stigmatized, underreported, under-diagnosed, under-treated condition that is erroneously thought to be a normal part of aging. One-third of men and women ages 30-70 believe that incontinence is a part of aging (National Institute of Health, NIH).

The Solution to Urinary Incontinence

Over time I developed a solution to this problem. I would say it was about 90 percent effective.


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By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Here are some excerpts from a longer article I wrote about this problem while caring for my mother, Dotty.

When we have a problem with incontinence during the day it usually happens because I am tardy or less than perfect in following the program I developed to solve the problem.

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If you really want to solve the problem of urinary incontinence, I suggest you try a little role reversal.

If you were the one with Alzheimer's and urinary incontinence, how would you want to be treated?

Would you want to be yelled at? Treated like a baby? Would you want to listen to someone constantly complain about how you are peeing all over yourself?

Would you want to feel all those bad vibes being directed at you?

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I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner but I finally decided it was time for a trip into the bunkhouse. I took my da Vinci pad with me and wrote -- problem incontinence -- right in the middle of the page with a big circle around it.

Then I started writing everything I could think of and remember about this problem all around that circle.

Then like magic the light bulb went on in my head. I thought to myself, if I can do this I'll be like the Leonardo da Vinci of urinary incontinence (I'm Italian by the way).

Every time we had an accident I wrote down the time and what happened. Big flood, little puddle, couple of drops. Floor shot, panty shot, pants shot. Number one, number one and number two (yeah, I had to work on the poop problem separately).

Soon I could see a clear cut pattern. Once I had the pattern identified problem solved right?

Nope.

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The solution to the problem was obvious. Get my mother to pee on a schedule. Better yet, get her to pee more than once before the next scheduled accident.

Keep in mind, my mother had Alzheimer's disease. So it was not like I could explain the program to her -- the solution.

My mother didn't know she had a problem. If you asked her she would tell you with great confidence that she never had an accident in her life. She never had the dreaded pee pee pajama.

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To read all about how I defined the problem, and then developed the solution to the problem, you can read this longer article I wrote.

Urinary Incontinence -- How We Beat Alzheimers Incontinence -- The Solution


I have received lots of positive feedback about this approach from readers here, on Facebook and on Google+.

I strongly suggest you read the article; and, if you know someone that has the problem send the article link to them.

I think the longer article might also be useful for discussion in support groups.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR).

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