Bladder weakness is a cause of great inconvenience and embarrassment to many elderly people. It often limits their ability to go out because of the difficulty of finding a public toilet when you need one. The fact that Local Authorities are closing down so many public toilets shows that they either don’t understand or do not care about the needs of the older generation.
Over 17% of people over the age of 40 have bladder problems which mean they need to go to the loo frequently and urgently. The condition affects three times as many women as men.
Now a skin patch has been developed to treat overactive bladders. Applied twice a week to the stomach, it reduces the symptoms by relaxing the bladder muscles. It’s called a Kenters patch. At £27 per month it’s not cheap but it will reduce a lot of stress and worry and enable people to be less isolated in their communities. It could also save on incontinence pads at between 70p and £1 a time and your bum won’t look so big when you are wearing patches. Should also save me 30p a pee at Euston Station, especially when I have to queue at the change machine. The delicate indignities of old age !
This should not be a taboo subject. It is a major limitation on the way so many elderly people have to live their lives.