Aging Expectations

News: Your Fate and Fecal Incontinence

The title is jarring. Who wants to read about incontinence as a topic? Who wants to even think about fecal incontinence?

Nobody.

But guess what? It’s a reality. Especially as you age.

In a recent study, Managing Faecal INcontinence in people with advanced dementia resident in Care Homes (FINCH) study: a realist synthesis of the evidence, they study this problem with an elderly population.

The following article, A dose of realism – Achieving continence for care home residents living with dementia, discussed the findings in greater detail.

The main idea of these pieces is to help that elder population reduce these incidents and the associated stress for the person and the healthcare provider taking care of them. If you are dealing with this issue, please read the articles for further insight.

However, my main point in bringing this topic to your attention is in an effort to help you avoid this situation for as long as possible.

Nobody, literally nobody, wants to have a fecal incontinence problem.

Most people would do anything to avoid such a problem. I’m assuming you are in that group. So what to do?

Start now.

Follow these 10 steps to work toward a longer, healthier, and FI free life!

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  2. Engage your social network.
  3. Go for a walk outside every day.
  4. Do something creative that you enjoy.
  5. Drink more water.
  6. Volunteer.
  7. Eat smaller portions at mealtime.
  8. Be kind.
  9. Get plenty of exercise.
  10. Think optimistically about the future.

 

 

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