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Life Hacks for the Embarrassing Issues of Aging

Updated on May 10, 2020
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Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.

Acknowledge the issue

Not everyone ages the same and therefore will not endure the same issues. There are however adults who are dealing with embarrassing situations as they get older. Ignoring them will not make them go away, so the best thing to do is acknowledge them. If you don't want others to know what you are dealing with there are ways to discretely handle each situation. No one likes to think about their body betraying them as they enter the senior years of life but there are ways to manage if you so desire. You don't have to let the little snafu's of older life define you. There are things you can do that can help you deal with, or even reverse some situations. Keep in mind that each individual will have their own results. No one desires to talk about these embarrassing situations so I’m tackling them here in raw truth.


Incontinence can show itself in several ways. You may deal with one or all of them at varying times. It could be that you leak urine into your underclothes without knowing it. Perhaps when you laugh or run, you pee on yourself.There may be times when your bladder does not even feel full, but as soon as you get up and start walking the water falls and you cannot stop it. You may be fine until you turn on the kitchen sink and then wet all over yourself before you can get to the bathroom. You might also deal with having to urinate frequently even when you don't drink a lot of water. The first thing to do is talk to your health care provider to rule out medical issues such as urinary tract infection or prostate issues for men.You may also want to try kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles.

Any time you have a few moments just tighten your muscles as if you are trying to stop the flow of urine.Hold for a few seconds then release. Do sets of 10 as often as possible. I know people they have worked for and others who got no relief.There is an array of products now that are available for those who deal with bladder issues.You can purchase panty liners, pads, and adult diapers, that pull up like underwear. . There are liners that you can place in your bed so you won't mess up your sheets at night. The diapers and pads are especially helpful for those who have problems with their bowels moving without warning and or have accidents while they are asleep.

Hair loss

There are no guarantees where hair loss is concerned but there are many options.The first is to eat a healthy diet and consider hair vitamins.Massaging the scalp can be helpful to stimulate hair growth. There are now sprays you can put on your scalp to give the impression that you don't have a bald spot. If the loss of your tresses is not too noticeable you might be able to comb the rest of your hair over the spot.. If all else fails, both men and women can choose to wear wigs or hair pieces.You might even decide to just rock your scalp as is, or go completely bald. The idea is to feel good in the skin you are in after knowing all the options. Be sure to keep your hair and scalp clean and fresh to prevent dandruff and odors. Those dealing with dementia issues may no longer have the ability to look out for themselves and through this article the reader will understand how to help them should problems arise.

Body odor

There is nothing worse than hearing someone say an individual has "old people smell,” or hearing a child say that something smells like grandma or grandpa. Often nursing homes and hospitals where a lot of seniors are on a floor have that distinctive “elderly” scent. Sometimes body odor can be the result of an illness or certain medications. It can also be caused by other factors that can be easily remedied..If you use pads, panty liners or wear adult diapers,because of incontinence be sure to change them frequently and clean your self immediately, Baby wipes, toddler wipes and feminine wipes work very well but plain old soap and water always are best.. I was out shopping one day and a woman standing near me had the distinct odor of urine in a soiled diaper. I wondered if she knew or perhaps had a mental capacity where she could not notice. If you are retired and not going out to work every day or work from home, you might not feel the need to shower or even change clothing every day as you once did but please stay self aware. Make sure you shower or bathe regularly so you won’t have lingering odors. Be sure to also update your fragrance of choice. The scent you wore 30 years ago will not smell the same on you now and you don't want to smell dated. I recall once a young lady passed by an older woman and recognized her perfume.. She remarked "My mom wore that 25 years ago“. Make sure you don't put on so much perfume that people can smell you coming a mile away. As we age the sense of smell is not what it used to be so always ask someone else if your cologne is too strong.

Aging women have an area that is between the rectum and the vaginal area. After using the bathroom, make sure to clean yourself good in that in between space to prevent odor. Be sure to wash the inside area of each leg where it meets your pelvic area on the outside of your pubic hair. Closed in spaces can smell when you sweat because they are not getting air. Aging causes body parts to fall and because they are no longer high and firm they can cause you to sweat. This is true for under arms, underneath the breasts, the vaginal and rectal area. Wear socks and keep your feet as well as your shoes clean. Make sure you brush your teeth, clean your dentures and practice good oral hygiene. Be sure to keep under your arms clean and dry and use deodorant or anti perspiration. All of these factors together make a big difference. You may already be doing these things and think it second nature, but not everyone is even aware of the issues.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You covered some of the problems that may occur for aging people. As an older woman I hear people complain about these problems. I think this topic was covered very well.


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