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All too many times overwhelmed caregivers are physically and emotionally depleted and need to take time to rest and care for themselves. Believing in a holistic approach to caregiver stress and a strong commitment to helping our members find the right solutions, we created this blog to help you connect with others who, like you, may be facing the same eldercare issues and challenges. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and submit articles. Please forward the blog link to your family and friends. They'll be glad you did.

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Patricia Grace
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Aging with Grace

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Taking Control of Losing Control

By Craig W. Herman, MD

Most of us would agree that it’s okay to lose control every now and then—it may even be a good thing. However, when it’s bladder control, it’s just not okay to lose it!

There are few things that can be as embarrassing, humiliating and confining. The unintentional loss of urine, urinary incontinence, can and does affect men and women of all ages.

“I was afraid to sneeze, cough or laugh,” says Anne*, a 45-year-old speech therapist. “And I simply refused to wear those pads because they made me feel old.” Read the full article


  1. By addressing an issue that many suffer from, but few speak about, I hope that someone can benefit from learning that there are treatments for incontinence. So many times, our aging loved ones begin to isolate because of issues with UI and thus begin the start of a downward spiral.

  2. Thank you for this. I printed this out to show to my mother who is starting to stay at home more and more because of this very issue. This could not have come at a better time. Also, thank you for the courage to talk about issues too many of us avoid. Keep up the good work.


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