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Incontinence Risk Factors

Urinary incontinence occurs when the urinary system can't properly control the storage of urine in the bladder and its periodic release. An adult who becomes incontinent will involuntarily release urine before finding a toilet, and sometimes even before knowing the bladder is emptying.

Why the Elderly Are More Likely to Become Incontinent

Advancing age is the highest risk factor for incontinence, but that doesn't mean that the disorder is an unavoidable consequence of growing old. There are various treatment options, depending on the cause and type of incontinence. But first let's look at the reasons the elderly are more prone to incontinence.

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Last Reviewed: May 14, 2007