Aware­ness for a silent epi­demic

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

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.

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