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Caring for Yourself and Loved Ones

Caring for Yourself and Loved Ones

We all face challenges as we age but many of us also take on the added responsibility of becoming the caregiver for our aging parents or loved ones. Caring for yourself while caring for others can be tough. I recall all too well how easy it is to feel overwhelmed and burn yourself out while helping family members who needed extra care. 

Over 34 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50 or older last year. That’s a lot of caregiving and women are usually the caregiver in chief. It’s a stressful time and the last thing you need to worry about is protection for adult incontinence, either yours or the person’s you’re caring for.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life

I am happy to partner with Always Discreet once again, because I know many of my readers have sensitive bladders.

As you take on new responsibilities this year, Always Discreet wants you to know they have your back. They’ve developed an amazing line of products which offer reliable, discreet protection from bladder leaks. Their products have a super absorbent core that quickly turns liquid to gel and their OdorLock™ Technology and neutralizes urine odor instantly and continuously, which keeps you or your loved one protected from leaks and feeling clean.

The underwear and pads also have Soft LeakGuard Barriers™ which helps stop leaks at the leg, where they happen most. What’s also great about these products if you’re caring for a loved one is the overnight protection, which keeps them protected and leak-free while they sleep.

Whether it’s you, your mom, your best girlfriend or your sister – 1 in 3 women will experience adult incontinence this year. Over a third of them admit the threat of bladder leaks effects their ability to travel and visit friends and they no longer feel they can wear fashions they like. You deserve to enjoy life to the fullest and with Always Discreet you can.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing beige sweater and black pants

I shared how the underwear looks under snug white jeans here. You can’t see them. Today I am wearing the pad under stretch pants and it’s equally undetectable. Be assured you can dress how you want and feel confident with Always Discreet.Back of Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life

Bladder leaks are a fact of life for over 40% of women over 40. But with the right protection, it needn’t hold anyone back. Let’s support each other and normalize this conversation to help every woman get her confidence back. Please pass this post on to any women you think could be helped by it.

Always Discreet believes every woman deserves to live her life without compromise and I wholeheartedly agree.  You can learn more about their products here and buy the entire line of Always Discreet here.

Are you a caregiver or have you been?

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day.

 

Thank you to Always Discreet for inviting me to partner on this post and get the word out. I was compensated;  all opinions are my own.

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. January 9, 2019 / 4:09 am

    I wish I had known about these when my mom was around. The problem of leakage took such a toll on her self-esteem.
    I encourage you and your readers to check out Pilates. Done correctly, it strengthens the pelvic floor, helping you hold it or to not have leaks when coughing or sneezing. It’s also great for strengthening the abdomen and protecting your back. Changed my life. Pilates is something one can start at any age, especially if you find a class adapted for seniors. My instructor has such a class and has women in their 80s, who took it up fairly recently. It doesn’t replace cardio exercise like walking, but it’s an important complement.

    • anne shannon
      January 9, 2019 / 5:22 am

      I second Taste of France’s comment. I used physiotherapy exercises, and reduced caffeine consumption.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        January 9, 2019 / 6:33 pm

        Thanks for sharing Anne.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve heard terrific things about Pilates and tried a class many years ago. I need to find it nearby.

  2. Roxanne
    January 9, 2019 / 5:20 am

    We just moved my 93 y.o. Mother-in-law from FL to near us in SC, and incontinence is a huge issue for her. It is also an expensive issue, and I don’t understand why Medicare and insurance doesn’t help. Jennifer, I will definitely check out this brand. Taste of France…I just started private Pilates lessons and it is so much fun! It gives ballerinas their long, lean muscles, and that is what I want too!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 6:32 pm

      Having her closer will make helping her so much easier. I need to try Pilates!!

  3. L H Carter
    January 9, 2019 / 5:49 am

    I love your outfit today.

  4. Nancy
    January 9, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Is the scarf Artful Home

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 6:33 pm

      Yes it is Nancy. A favorite.

  5. susan klee
    January 9, 2019 / 10:13 am

    How do you dispose of these when the time comes??

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      I’m assuming they go in the trash but I’m not sure.

  6. Kay
    January 9, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    Incontinence was one of the many age-related problems my mother didn’t have. For that, I was thankful, but mobility issues and other problems meant she needed care. She was able to live semi-independently, until she died at 93, in a very nice assisted living facility. As an only child, it fell to me to care for her, and fortunately, I could afford it financially. My heart goes out to those who have limited resources in caring for older family members.

    I like how you tackle some of these sensitive issues.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing Kay. It’s so wonderful your mom could live semi-independently until 93. It’s hard to care for them. My
      Mom died at 72. Much much too young.

  7. Emilie
    January 9, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    More to the subject of your outfit today. Could you share with us the method of tying your scarf?

  8. Linda
    January 9, 2019 / 3:51 pm

    Fortunately, I lived within commuting distance so I could help my mom. As medical issues progressed, however, it took my sister being there 24/7. It was extremely difficult but we managed. Thank you for addressing the fact that so many of us are providing care. I remember being overwhelmed and finally stopped to get a haircut. A young hairdresser asked me what I did. I replied I care for my daughter and travel locally to help my mom who wasn’t doing well. The hairdresser must have asked me three times: But what do you do? I didn’t try to explain but perhaps I should have elaborated. I remember thinking that 20 years ago I didn’t truly understand what caregivers do…they do everything! I don’t know what I would have done without my sister who had worked as a CNA. Thank you for acknowledging this important topic!!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      I remember it so well Linda. We did it all. They rely on us and it’s essy to lose ourselves in the process. You are so fortunate to have had your sisters help. Bless you for caring for her

  9. Janet
    January 9, 2019 / 6:47 pm

    Not only do I work in a senior care agency, my husband and I cared for his mother for 9 years. Words alone cannot describe the toll this worthwhile support takes on a person. Now, I am starting to experience the changes of aging including vision loss and bladder changes. Thank you to your followers tips on pilates and caffeine. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing supports to help us along the way.

  10. Honey Bee
    January 12, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    Thank you for discussing this topic. Some medications, such as water pills, can stimulate the bladder at inconvenient times. So can colder weather. It is good to know of helpful solutions.

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