The answer depends on what is causing the overactive bladder. Especially if the bladder problems are new or worse than usual, one should always start by getting a medical check-up. urinary tract infection, diabetes, a medication side-effect, or delirium.
This is to make sure that the overactive bladder isn't being caused by a new problem, such as a
If it's a chronic problem that an overactive bladder causes urinary incontinence, doctors usually call this "urge incontinence."
The main problem with leaving a chronically overactive bladder untreated is that urge incontinence can really impact an older person's quality of life. In particular, urge incontinence has been linked to problems with:
"¢ Getting out of the house to socialize or participate in other activities
"¢ Mood and feelings of self-worth
"¢ Depression and anxiety
In those people who are frail or have dementia, chronically sitting in wet underwear (or a wet diaper) may also cause skin to be painful and irritated, and may increase the chance of developing a skin infection
or pressure sore.
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