A new research conducted in Italy revealed one in the ten women gave up recreational activities due to urinary incontinence.
Italian researchers interviewed 700 women, one in seven revealed they suffered from incontinence; this is backed up by another research from the British Journal of Sports Medicine who says that one in two women suffered from urinary incontinence at some point in their lives.
Researchers believe figures would be higher if women going through menopause were included in the research.
The study concluded that urinary incontinence affects women’s quality of life in many aspects, but what concerns the researchers is the fact that only few women search for treatment.
Researchers suggested women should be given more information on urinary incontinence and offered remedial support and treatment.
At the Northamptonshire Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) annual meeting, board members were asked to confirm whether the PCT’s slice of Government money would be used for respite care as intended.
Carer, Andrew Bailey, criticised the PCT for addressing issues with patients in its presentations but not their loved ones who often look after them full-time.
Chief executive of the PCT, John Parkes said: ‘It’s fair to say that, not deliberately, we have not valued to the fullest extent the work done by carers.’
But he added: ‘If we do get an allocation from the Government, and it’s for respite care, then you have my absolute commitment that we will spend that money appropriately.’
The issue of help for carers is an important one because about one in 10 adults in the UK is a carer.
It is also thought that carers save the Government up to £87 billion a year, that would otherwise have to be spent via the NHS and social services.
The PCT’s chairman, Professor William Pope, said that the trust now has problems like its inherited deficit and hospital superbugs under control and the board could look to the future.
He said: ‘We believe we are now in a position where we can start to deliver what the population of Northamptonshire really needs.’
Louise Price, from south Wales, talks openly about her incontinence, which is caused by multiple sclerosis.
She is 1 of 14m people in the UK who have some kind of bladder control problem.
Louise Price said she was in so much pain she sought help quickly and was lucky to have a supportive husband and friends she could confide in. She was equally as open with her work colleagues which allowed her to continue in her job.
But the stigma that comes with condition can result in some people with incontinence being silent about it for years.
National Continence Awareness Week, from 15 – 19 September, aims to raise awareness of bowel and bladder problems and let people know that help is available.
Karen Logan, a nurse consultant and head of continence services, said some people refused to tell their closest friends, let alone seek medical help:
‘The biggest frustration for us is that people don’t come forward and suffer in silence.’
‘It’s normal for people to suffer for 5 to 10 years with an overactive bladder or stress incontinence, triggered by sneezing or coughing for example.’
Problems can range in severity from a mildly overactive bladder, to neurological conditions or impairments, such as MS and extreme diabetes, which can cause incontinence.
In more extreme cases like Mrs Price’s, a disposable catheter can be inserted after urination to help empty the bladder.
Louise Price said her life had been transformed and urged anybody with bladder or bowel problems to seek help:
‘You will not be the first case anyone has heard about and you won’t be the last. It’s about getting your quality of life back.’
National Continence Awareness Week is running this year from 15th to 19th September 2008.
This year the theme is ‘Dispelling the Myths’ and a new booklet with the same name has been produced to support this work.
The week will also see the official launch of the new charity, Bladder and Bowel Foundation which will replace both Incontact and the Continence Foundation.
Millions of people are affected by bladder and bowel problems and for most, the embarrassment and stigma that comes with the condition, stops them from even talking about it, let alone asking for help.
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation realise the importance of getting these subjects out in the open and let people know there is something that can be done to help them. National Continence Awareness Week was created to achieve this.
Whether it is a simple display of information in clinics and waiting rooms or an exhibition or conference on a larger scale, the important point is that we can all do something.
The support of volunteers to help get the message across to as wide an audience as possible is so important. Because it ensures patients, carers and healthcare professionals know there is help and support available and where they can get it from.
The results of a new study using the drug Tolterodine ER were presented at the American Urogynecologic Society 29th Annual Scientific Meeting (AUGS) last week.
Tolterodine ER reduces overactive bladder symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQL) significantly.
The study enrolled 202 women for treatment with Tolterodine ER or placebo for 12 weeks. After the 12 weeks women who had taken Tolterodine Er showed significant reduction in overactive bladder symptoms.
The second phase of study was a 12 week open label phase and 161 women who remained in the study continued to be treated with Tolterodine ER, results at the end of 12 week period were maintained or became significantly improved.
Doctors noted that long-term pharmacotherapy may be important to optimise treatment outcomes.
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An article written by the Daily Echo has revealed that over a 1,000 elderly and disabled residents in Southampton, face the loss of their personal home carers’ in a bid to cut costs.
The council wants to take away the choice of care from elderly residents and those with disabilities, by allocating them to 1 of 5 companies depending on where they live.
Council figures obtained by Daily Echo reveal as many as 1,200 residents will face the unpleasant situation of unfamiliar new carers coming into their lives.
Brian Gouldson, who has Parkinson’s disease, receives daily home care along with his wife and mother.
He said: ‘Some people have had the same carers for years. It’s a very personal issue: cleaning, showering and undressing.’
‘You don’t want just anyone doing it. You build up a rapport and need to feel comfortable with your carer.’
A part-time carer said her colleagues were concerned at being offered less hours of work and said none had been approached about transferring jobs.
The new set up will separate the city in to into seven zones meaning carers who had rounds that took them across the city, would be unable to keep all their clients even if they transfer jobs.
The council said it was ‘unable’ to say how much money it would save from the new contracts.
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Carers can now be more reassured that help is close by in an emergency with the introduction of a special card that tells others someone in need is home alone.
The carers’ emergency card is held by the carer so emergency services can be alerted to someone in case of an accident.
June Marshall, from Exeter Carers’ Focus, said that carers often knew which neighbours or family could step in, but in an emergency there were few ways to let them know they were needed. The same problem occurred if children needed to be picked up from school and looked after.
Miss Marshall also said that carers registered contact details of family, friends or agencies who knew what care was needed. The information was held securely and never passed on. Then if something happened to the carer the emergency services would find the card, contact the scheme and phone the first person on the list.
She added: ‘And if they’re not available, the next person, until someone picks up the baton. If it’s appropriate, they’ll also phone the cared for person so, if possible, there will be friendly faces around during the emergency.’
John Crowter-Jones, a carer who looks after his his wife with Alzheimer’s disease, said: ‘I feel that if anything happens, like if I have a heart attack, somebody will be with Peggy in a very short time. The card is very useful.’