As you age, you're at increased risk of developing overactive bladder. You're also at higher risk of diseases and disorders, such as enlarged prostate and diabetes, which can contribute to other problems with bladder function. Although common among older adults, an overactive bladder isn't considered a normal part of aging.

Many people with cognitive decline — for instance, after a stroke or with Alzheimer's disease — develop an overactive bladder. Incontinence that results from situations like this can be managed with fluid schedules, timed and prompted voiding, absorbent garments, and bowel programs.

Jan. 16, 2013

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