Awareness for a silent epidemic
Katy Perry and Kris Jenner have spoken about their own issues with it but as a nation New Zealanders are hesitant to do so, despite 25 percent of us being impacted by it.
Incontinence has often been described as a silent epidemic because it is so widespread but not often talked about.
It does not discriminate on race, age, sex or social standing.
One in three women who have ever had a baby experience incontinence (bladder and/or bowel problems) and an increasing number of people are having issues as a result of incorrect exercise, causing damage to the pelvic floor muscle.
Children with learning difficulties have a higher incidence of toileting issues and people impacted by neurological conditions can experience problems. Ages and stages of life can also contribute to incontinence such as menopause and old age.
Continence NZ provides advice, support and resources for people dealing with continence issues.
Their nationwide awareness week on June 22-28 titled ‘Incontinence support for New Zealand family carers’ aims to contact carers who are experiencing difficulty dealing with their family members’ continence.
One in 10 New Zealanders care for a family member in their home and their ability to deal with incontinence is probably the single biggest issue as to whether the person will stay at home or be placed into care.