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3 ways to help a senior in your life remain active #TenaTips ad

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Just as my husband and I got a handle on the happy, messy, emotional ride that is raising teen daughters, along came another family situation we weren’t quite prepared for: helping take care of our senior loved one.  My mother in law started turning down invitations from friends, she started missing doctor’s appointments, she even stopped wanting to come to our home for holidays and the main cause, we later learned, was occasional incontinence. 



3 ways to help a senior in your life remain active


She never wanted to tell us she was struggling with this, so she remained silent until one day a few months ago, she fell. While she was recovering, she asked us to go shopping for her. She asked for overnight underwear and the look on her face as she did ‒ full of embarrassment ‒ stayed with me. I vowed to find ways to help this wonderful senior remain active and not let incontinence leave her sitting on the sidelines of her life.  



The first way to help a senior loved one is the easiest ‒ simply observe their behavior. Do they seem happy when you visit them or do they look uncomfortable? My mother in law shared with me that when she had to start using pads for unexpected leakage, she feared she may have an odor when we hugged her, or that her home might smell unpleasant because she had placed used product in the trash. 


Thankfully, she had discovered TENA® pads and liners which helped eliminate odor and I suggested she get a slightly larger waste basket for her bathroom and line it with a scented liner. 


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Second, take in their home. Do they have a towel or a pad on their favorite chair or part of the couch? That is a red flag to light bladder leakage or stress incontinence. If you asked to use their bathroom, do they say sure, or do they ask if they can grab something out of there first? I learned that my mother in law didn’t want us to see her pads and overnight underwear, but had to leave them out near the toilet some days.  I found an easy solution to this situation by making her a cute personal hygiene bag that could sit on the back of her toilet, on the side, or on the counter without advertising the contents.


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The third way to help your senior remain active is to make sure they always have enough pads, liners and overnight underwear on hand.  Our local CVS carries the full line of TENA® products, so I can just pop in and purchase what my mother in law needs for the week.  


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TENA® is also available online at CVS.com . You can have them shipped directly to your loved ones’ home.  There are rebates available through Ibotta for pads/liners here and their overnight underwear here. These will be welcome savings  since most seniors are living on a fixed income. 


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Bonus tips for all women 35 and over:

I've learned several helpful things from watching my mother in law's decline in health and I'd love to share her wisdom (and that of her doctors) with you so that we can strive to live life without compromise well into our senior years.

1. Strengthen your core. All movement comes from your core and light bladder leakage may be prevented by having a stronger core. 

2. Do Kegal exercises, but do them correctly. Pelvic floor muscles can be easy to isolate once you know how to do a proper Kegal. The best way to isolate the right muscles is to clench or stop your urine the next time you go. The muscles you use to do this are the very muscles you need to use to do Kegals. Hold those muscles for 3 seconds and release. Do several times a day anywhere.  You can learn more from WebMD here

3. Walk more, sit less. It sounds easy enough, but just standing more often through out the day and taking short 10 to 15 minute walks helps strengthen your muscles, including your core muscles. And it helps with number 4.

4. Lose weight. Losing just 5 pounds of excess weight can help alleviate light bladder issues such as leakage and stress incontinence.

5. Last, but certainly not least, take the time to fully empty your bladder each time you go to the bathroom. Conversely, don't go to the bathroom at the very first hint of needing to go when at home. Allow your bladder to fill up and use the core and pelvic floor muscles. We all know that a muscle at rest tends to weaken, so use them, don't lose them!


It is my hope that this post will help you take that first important step to talk to your parents or grandparents on this delicate topic and let them know that there are great products to help them.  I hope the bonus tips for the 35 and over will help serve as a reminder for all of us women to take better care of ourselves today for a healthier tomorrow.

With a little love, discretion and TENA® products, you can help a senior in your life remain active and enjoy their golden years happily doing the things they love and living life without compromise!


Please share in comments: Do you have a senior in your life that may benefit from this post? 

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10 Responses to “3 ways to help a senior in your life remain active #TenaTips ad”

Literary Winner said...

You would think I would know that core strength helps with incontinence, but I didn't know that! I needed a good reason to get to work on that. ;)

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Great tips! I'm lucky that I'm almost 50 and haven't had any issues (yet) (knock on wood). Good to know there's ways to help.

Rika Agustini said...

Great tips. I think it's very important to walk more and sit less.. I spend too much time on my computer

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Maggie,

I wasn't aware of the correlation between core muscles and leakage either until my MIL started having troubles. So glad I could help.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Lisa,

So happy to share these tips with you. I hope to avoid this particular situation myself. Knocking on wood right there with you!

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Hi Rika,

I hear ya! I really started cutting back on screen time after having my annual checkup and hearing the doctor tell me all about slowing metabolisms and how we can avoid several middle age ailments by getting up out of our seats.

Naomi said...

It's good your mother in law has someone as helpful as you to help her out and keep her active. Great tips!

Rebecca Swenor said...

These are all great tips to keep a senior active. It is so important know know the behaviors as well as the things they love to do. Thanks for sharing the tips for seniors and well as women over 35.

Ra'Nesha Wilson said...

Your mother in-law is blessed to have you. I love level of detail in this post.

MikiHope said...

It still seems strange to me that I am now a senior! I learned low to use those muscles years ago and do the Kegal exercise often. Honestly, you still need those pads for when you may not be near a bathroom.

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