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Examples include:
• For urge incontinence, anticholinergic medicines reduce involuntary blad- der contractions. Examples include oxybutynin (Ditropan XL), toltero- dine (Detrol), darifenacin (Enablex), fesoterodine (Toviaz), solifenacin (Vesicare), and trospium (Sanctura) may be used. Healthcare providers also prescribe beta-3 agonists, such as mirabegron (Myrbetriq), for this type of incontinence. An injection of botulinum toxin type A (Botox) into the bladder may be given to those who have not responded to other treatments.
• For women with stress incontinence, duloxetine (Cymbalta) may be pre- scribed. For women with stress or urge incontinence who have gone through menopause, topical estrogen (estrogen cream, gel or a vaginally inserted tablet) may help tone and rejuvenate tissues in the urethra and vaginal areas.
• For men with urge or overflow incon- tinence due to prostate problems, alpha blocker medicines can help relax the smooth muscle of the blad- der neck to make it easier to empty the bladder. Examples include tamsu- losin (Flomax), alfuzosin (Uroxatral), silodosin (Rapaflo), doxazosin (Cardura), and terazosin.
Pessary device. Used to treat stress incontinence in women, a pessary is
a device that a health care provider inserts into the vagina to help support the bladder.
Nerve stimulation. Mild electric impulses are used to stimulate the nerves around the bladder and contract the pelvic floor muscles. This may be an option for individuals with urge incontinence who have not responded to behavior treatments or medications.
Biofeedback. This technique uses sensors to make a person aware of signals from the body to help control bladder function. Biofeedback can train the pelvic floor muscles to con- tract and relax properly.
Surgery. There are several proce- dures that may be used for inconti- nence. Surgery may be an option when other treatments fail to work.
Incontinence Products
There are a wide variety of inconti- nence supplies available on the market. While these products don't treat incon- tinence, they may help the person you care for feel more comfortable:
• Pads and liners. Incontinent pads and
liners stick to underwear.
• Protective underwear and briefs. Disposable and reusable absorbent underwear offer protection in case of leaks.
• Cloths and wipes. Using cloths and wipes after going to the bathroom can help keep skin clean and dry.
• Cleansers, creams, and lotions. When urine or stool is in constant con-
tact with skin, irritation can occur. Using a mild cleanser after using
the bathroom can help clean skin. Moisturizers can moisten the skin, while sealants provide a protective barrier over the skin.
• Bedding protection. Disposable and reusable bedding liners, pads, and covers can protect beds in case of an accident.
• Bedpans and urinals. These products allow people with limited mobility
to use the toilet without traveling to the bathroom. After use, bedpans and urinals can be emptied, cleaned, and reused.
Use incontinence products accord- ing to the directions on the package. Talk to your loved one's doctor or pharmacist about their symptoms and challenges. Providers can recommend incontinence products based on their specific needs.
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 Bus tours welcome
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9011 W. Chicago (US 12) • Allen, Michigan 49227
I-94 Marshall
I-69 Coldwater Exit 13
Old US 12 Indiana
Friendship Center Locations:
Hastings COA Building:
(269) 948-4856 Mon-Fri 10 am-2pm
Main St. Banquets:
(517) 213-9212 Mon-Fri 10:30am-1pm
Delton Faith United Methodist Church
(269) 579-3918 11:00am-1pm
Woodland Eagles Club:
(269) 367-4041
Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30am-1pm
• Home Delivered Meals. For homebound seniors that are unable to pre- pare meals, can receive delicious meals at home. Special diets available. • Senior Center Activities including line dancing, card making, beading,
cards, bingo, and many others.
• Senior Meal Choice Dining. Restaurant-based senior dining program. • Chore Service provides minor home repair for seniors.
There are many more activities and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents! Just Call Barry County Commission on Aging for more information.
320 West Woodlawn Avenue, Hastings, MI 49058 Phone: (269) 948-4856 | Fax: (269) 948-3336 E-Mail: |

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