Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How Many Are Incontinent?

In a first look at the prevalence of incontinence (bladder and/or bowel) among subgroups of Americans aged 65 or older, the National Center for Health Statistics finds the problem to be widespread. Among people aged 65 or older who live in the community (noninstitutionalized), the 55 percent majority of women and a substantial 29 percent of men experience what the NCHS calls, "urinary leakage." Bowel incontinence among the noninstitutionalized elderly is less common, experienced by 19 percent of women and 15 percent of men.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Care Surveys, Prevalence of Incontinence among Older Americans

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