How can an elderly person manage urinary problems?
When a geriatric patient is accusing urinary discomfort, the first thing to be done is to find the cause of the problem.
Initially, the patient will undergo a general evaluation consisting of a series of screening questions, and a short period when the functioning of the bladder is under observation. A physical examination and analysis of the urine are parts of the patient's assessment as well.
Once the cause of the problem is determined, the first approach in the treatment of urinary problems is a change in lifestyle and behavior. In many cases, a minor modification of diet, extra exercise, and healthier living will improve the natural functioning of the bladder. In other instances, alternatives can be found in minor surgical procedures or pharmacological treatment combined with behavioral treatment.