Workshop on Incontinence

The management of Old is Gold Store; Prithvi, Jaya and Sanjay felt the need to address the long neglected topic of understanding and managing incontinence (bladder weakness) among the senior citizens of our community. This led to the idea of organizing a workshop on incontinence for the benefit of elders and medical professionals. In January 2016, they organized a free workshop for senior citizens called “Bladder weakness (incontinence) – coping with ageing issues”.

“I believe a lot of elders are embarrassed to talk about incontinence, leave alone actively  try and find a solution. By avoiding and neglecting this issue, the caregivers’ burden grows and their loved one suffers,” Prithvi said.

“We want to help elders understand and cope with incontinence with some of our products designed to provide comfort and relief,” Sanjay said.

This workshop addressed incontinence issues and solutions and was sponsored by M/s. Bella Premier Happy Hygienecare Pvt. Ltd, the makers of Seni Brand of Adult Diapers. The workshop was held on Thursday, Jan. 07 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Natesan Institute of Co-operative Management (NICM), Anna Nagar.

The key speakers were Dr. Kalaivani Ramalingam MBBS,DGO, MRCOG, CCT(UK), Consultant Urogynaecologist, Chennai Urology Clinic, Apollo Hospitals who spoke about “Incontinence – understanding the change” and Mr. Jerzy Jusiega (Seni, Poland) who spoke about “Incontinence – management: the easy hygienic way”.

Jayashree - Director, Old is Gold Store

Ms.Jayashree – Director, Old is Gold Store, welcoming the guests.

Ms.Jayashree, Director, Old is Gold Store welcomed the packed audience and introduced both the speakers. She also outlined the vision behind Old is Gold Store and the need to address issues involved with Geriatric Care.

 Dr. Kalaivani Ramalingam MBBS,DGO, MRCOG, CCT(UK), Consultant Urogynaecologist, Chennai Urology Clinic, Apollo Hospitals who spoke about “Incontinence – understanding the change”

Dr. Kalaivani Ramalingam , spoke about “Incontinence – understanding the change”

Dr.Kalaivani’s presentation highlighted the problems faced by elders, both male and female. The presentation with accompanying slides was explained in layman’s terms in both English and Tamil for the benefit of the audience. The presentation lasted about 30 minutes and was followed by a Q&A session. Dr. Kalaivani Ramalingam answered all the questions put to her by the audience with patience and clarity. This was well received by the audience who were happy to have their questions clarified.

Participants at the workshop

Participants at the workshop

View Dr.Kalaivani’s presentation on YouTube

 

Mr. Jerzy Jusiega SENI, Poland demonstrates the use of incontinence support products.

Mr. Jerzy Jusiega SENI, Poland demonstrates the use of incontinence support products.

The next presentation was by Mr. Jerzy Jusiega (SENI Adult Diapers, Poland) who spoke about “Incontinence – management: the easy hygienic way”. Mr. Jerzy Jusiega highlighted various incontinence products developed by SENI, Poland. He stressed the need to choose the right diaper and demonstrated how to take measurements. He also gave information on the latest technology used by SENI to manufacture the best incontinence support products.

Anitha Paramasivam

‘Andha Naal’ a retro quiz conducted by Dr Anitha Paramasivam

There was a 15 minute snack and coffee break followed by the much awaited ‘Andha Naal’ a retro quiz conducted by Dr Anitha Paramasivam. This quiz was open to senior citizens and medical professionals. Dr. Anitha was a charming and a witty hostess and was easily able to carry the audience with her. The participants enjoyed themselves and answered eagerly to all the questions. Those who gave the correct answers were rewarded with a discount voucher from Old is Gold Store.

Mr.Prithviraj - Director, Old is Gold store giving a discount voucher during the retro quiz show

Mr.Prithviraj – Director, Old is Gold store giving a discount voucher during the retro quiz show

Mr. Sanjay Dattatri, Director - Old is Gold Store.

Mr. Sanjay Dattatri, Director – Old is Gold Store, giving the vote of thanks.

The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Sanjay Dattatri, Director – Old is Gold Store.

Products for light incontinence

It has been estimated that light incontinence affects over 30% of people over the age of 18 at some point in time in their lives. Obviously, this problem and the percentage affected increases with age.

For women, if you have had a few children, if you are overweight, if you are athletic, if you are a regular coffee drinker, if you have had a hysterectomy, or suffer from bladder infection, in all likelihood, you will experience light incontinence sooner or later. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 women suffer from the ocassional “spritz”, sometimes while laughing, or going over a speed bump or some such common daily activity. Many women use sanitary pads for protection, but these pads, not meant for this purpose, obviously are not the most appropriate.

As for men, with age, men too suffer ocassional bouts of mild incontinence. Alcohol, caffiene, overhydration, bladder irritation, certain medicines, prostate issues, urinary tract infections or blockages, bladder stones, can all be causes for mild to moderate incontinence.

What should be used under these circumstances are incontinence pads of various kinds that are available. These are not adult diapers (which are only for people with moderate to heavy incontinence), but smaller, lighter, more comfortable and completely discreet pads that will absorb the ocassional drop and keep you dry and odor-free.

For women, the pads are very similar to sanitary napkins in terms of putting it on, though they are quite different in design. The pictures below show what they look like and how they should be worn.  These come in Normal, Extra and Plus depending on the level of incontinence.

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For men, the mild incontinence products are probably nothing like anything you have seen before!

Depending upon how mild (or not), the incontinence, there are several kinds with variations from one brand to another (obviously this is a green field with a lot of fluidity in the design). The only common thing about these pads is that most of them dont work with a boxer type, loose-fitting underwear. So if you are the boxer type, you may want to change to a brief type underwear first.

For seriously mild incontinence (a drop every now and then), the following should work (Seni Man Active).

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For slightly greater leakage, the one below should work (Seni Man Normal).

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For men with sudden spritzes, but less than moderate incontinence, the super absorbent type (Seni Man Super) shown below should leave you feeling high and dry.

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Remember, incontinence is a problem that is only mildly irritating if you can take care of it properly. However, do check with the doctor to ensure that there are no other serious underlying causes for your incontinence.

To buy light incontinence products, go here.