Here are some numbers about urinary incontinence:1
- The likelihood of having incontinence increases with age.
- Urinary incontinence is at least twice as common in women as in men.
- Between 3 and 6 out of 10 middle-aged and older women report having any incontinence.
- Between 1 and 4 out of 10 older men report having any incontinence.
- About 1 or 2 out of 10 middle-aged and older women report having daily urinary incontinence.
- Fewer than 1 out of 10 older men report having daily urinary incontinence.
- White women are more likely to have stress urinary incontinence compared to African-American and Asian women.
- Up to 3 out of 10 older adults living at home have problems with urinary incontinence.2
- About 3 out of 10 older adults in the hospital have incontinence.2
- About 5 out of 10 older adults living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities have incontinence.2
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