Get Admitted to a Nursing Home
More than 50% of nursing home admissions are related to loss of bladder control.
And yet very few women do anything to prevent it. How can this be? Well for starters we have to acknowledge that we have done a poor job educating the public, women and men, about the relevance of pelvic floor fitness. Aside from the occasional suggestion to “do you Kegels” nobody hears anything about the pelvic floor. The demographics are really alarming:
Between 1900 and 2000, the total US population increased 3-fold, but the population of people >= 65 yr increased > 10-fold. With aging, the percentage of elderly people who live at home but need assistance or who live in a nursing home increases markedly to 56% of women and 38% of men >= 85.
As the baby boomers reach the “golden years” (starting 2011) the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders (urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse) will increase dramatically along with the cost of medical services to treat these problems.. Although the hour is already late we can do something now to begin to mitigate this morbid prediction. It is a two step process: First we must educate the public as to the nature of pelvic floor disorders, i.e. these are neuromuscular problems, and second we must provide a practical means to improving the performance of this specific neuromuscular system, i.e. achieve pelvic floor conditioning. This was the motivation behind the creation of the Pfilates program; a plyometric exercise program specifically created to improve pelvic floor strength, endurance, and coordination. Admittedly this is only a start. Tell someone you know:
1. Pelvic floor fitness is a relevant health concern
2. Pelvic floor fitness requires a specific
conditioning program such as Pfilates