Q. Is incontinence a normal part of aging? A. No. Incontinence is more common in older people, but it is not a normal part of the aging process - it can be treated. Q. Is incontinence a disease? A. No. Incontinence is a symptom of a condition such as weak pelvic muscles, a neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis, or a side effect of an injury, a medication, or surgery.
Myth Urinary incontinence naturally occurs as you get older. Fact Urinary incontinence is not considered a normal part of aging. It affects 3.3 million adult Canadians, one in four middle-aged women, one in five persons over 65 years, and 15% of men over the age of 60.   Myth There is only one type of incontinence.
Fran's story When Fran was in her late teens she was involved in a car accident. The injuries she sustained from that accident caused her to leak urine when she laughed or sneezed. She managed her incontinence with little difficulty until she became pregnant in her 30s, when she noticed that her incontinence became more frequent.