Providing diapers, briefs, pads to senior citizens in and around Birmingham, Alabama. We work to raise awareness that many senior citizens suffer from incontinence and cannot afford the supplies they need to live actively with dignity.
A Common Occurrence
Incontinence affects many older individuals, research shows, but many don’t seek treatment for it – even though there are simple and effective methods to deal with the problem. Often, people are embarrassed, or simply view it as an unavoidable part of getting older. An estimated 13 million Americans have suffered from urinary incontinence.
A Physical & Emotional Issue
Of the approximate 13 million Americans who are incontinent, 85% are women. Incontinence is most common among the elderly. There are various conditions that can lead to incontinence among adults: weak or overactive bladder muscles; weak pelvic floor muscles; nerve damage due to diseases like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or diabetes; arthritis, an enlarged prostate and others. On top of the physical effects of incontinence, individuals also grapple with feelings of depression, isolation and feelings of low self-esteem as a result of the condition.
Incontinence supplies can easily cost well over $200 to $300 per month at a minimum. After paying for housing, food, and other necessities of living, these folks often do not have the money to cover the costs of their needed incontinence products.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.” – Isaiah 43:2