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Caregiver Tips for Managing Continence in Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Changes That Come With Dementia

GEN-BLOG-Managing_Continence-600x460-150115.pngAlzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia primarily affect the brain, causing difficulties with memory and cognition. But since the brain helps control the body, the changes that come with dementia may result in related physical symptoms as well.

One major symptom that can emerge as dementia progresses is trouble. Disrupted bladder (or bowel) control could be caused by difficulty processing the body’s signals, changes in frequency or urgency, difficulty locating or identifying a restroom, or something as simple as struggles with clothing. If a loved one is having trouble with continence management, he or she may not be able to communicate what the problem is. Read on for helpful tips on how to improve continence management for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and keep them comfortable and more independent.

Hydration Help

getting enough water

UTI possibility – consult with doctor to reveal underlying reason

Easy Access

move furniture

standard restroom signs

colored floor rug signals

Watch for Indicators

patterns may emerge – behaviors, statements