How to Have the Best Fall: Practical Tips & Top 3 Incontinence Products

mother and adult daughter posing outdoors

Can you remember the last time you went for a pleasant walk outside without worrying about leaks? How about the last time your spouse, parent or loved one was able to go apple picking with you?

If you or someone you care for is managing incontinence, enjoying outdoor activities may have its challenging moments. Luckily, there are ways to prevent leaks to take advantage of outdoor activities this fall. Here we'll offer tips on healthy living as well as reliable incontinence products to help enjoy the season.

Living Healthy

    • Get Vaccinated - We know vaccinations are important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should keep vaccinations up to date because immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Those age 65 and older are at a greater risk for experiencing conditions such as shingles and the flu. Speak with a health care provider about recommended immunizations based on age, health, career and lifestyle considerations.

    • Drink Water - It’s important to stay hydrated. Drinking water can help increase energy levels and even relieve fatigue. It also helps flush out toxins and decreases the incidence of developing kidney stones and UTIs, as well as works as a natural headache reliever. 

      Pouring glass of water

    • Eat Right - As it gets colder outside, exercising and getting out may be more of a challenge. Eating the right foods often helps with maintaining well-being, mood and energy levels. Fruits and vegetables are highly recommended. Speak with a health care professional about adding foods with probiotics such as yogurt to help boost the immune system. 

    • Essential Vitamins - According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are eight vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy immune system, including Vitamins A, C, D and E as well as folate/folic acid, iron, selenium and zinc. It is usually best to get your vitamins and minerals from fresh foods.

A healthy immune system depends on a balanced mix of the right foods, activity and sleep. Living as healthy a lifestyle as possible may even help improve mood and overall health.

Enjoying Activities

    • Board Games/Card Games - Games can be an enjoyable way to spend quality time with family and friends, especially when outside activities are not possible. According to Health Fitness Revolution, benefits of playing games include increased endorphins and happiness, strengthening memory and cognitive skills and can lower blood pressure and stress.

    • Cooking and Baking - Baking and cooking can be another fun activity. Making cookies from scratch and adding festive - and tasty - decorations can be a fun and engaging activity.

    • Walking - Walking has many benefits, which include improved circulation, mental sharpness and joint support. It also increases  balance and stability. Just 30 minutes a day can result in emotional and physical perks. Activities such as walking can be possible for those managing incontinence when reliable incontinence products are used.

      Couple walking in autumn

Keeping Skin Protected

    • Lukewarm Water - Hot showers and baths might feel great when it's cold, but using lukewarm water is ideal. While hot water can cause skin sensitivity and dry out your skin, lukewarm water is better because it preserves the skin's natural oils.

    • Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize - Use a lotion containing a blend of nutrients beneficial to healthy skin. Remedy 4-in-1 Cleansing Lotion is a great option for individuals managing incontinence who are looking for a product that works as a lotion as well as a barrier ointment.

      woman applying lotion

    • Protect Face and Hands - Use gloves and scarves to prevent skin irritation against whipping winds and colder temperatures.

    • Use a Humidifier - Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and in turn help to prevent skin from flaking and drying out.

Incorporating Seasonal Foods 

    • Cabbage - Cabbage is a great source of Vitamin C! It is actually richer in Vitamin C than oranges. Cabbage works well to treat ulcers, some cancers and depression.

    • Carrots - This vegetable can help boost immunity since it is also rich in Vitamin C and helps with digestion. 

    • Cauliflower - A good source of dietary fiber for digestive health, cauliflower has also been known to boost cognitive function.

    • Eggplant - Improves overall bone health, helps to address anemia and usually lessens headaches, migraines, fatigue and depression. 

    • Kale - Contains folic acid and Vitamin B12, which may impact the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause dementia.

    • Squash - This vegetable can help improve lung health since it has a high content of Vitamin A. Squash helps those with diabetes by managing the metabolism of sugar in the body.

      mix of vegetables

Enjoying Activities with Reliable Products

Using reliable, high-absorbency products during the day and night can provide individuals with a sense of confidence ... and much-needed sleep. There are a wide range of tab-style briefs and protective underwear, as well as other incontinence supplies, offering leak-free protection.

NorthShore Supreme Lite Briefs

This less bulky, yet absorbent tab-style brief offers up to 6 hours of protection for both urinary and bowel incontinence. Supreme Lite Briefs offer a discreet fit with these added features:

    • Tall Stand Up Leak Guards - Help prevent leaks, especially for restless side sleepers.

    • Wide Coverage - Provides protection in the front and rear for heavier bladder and bowel leaks.

    • Strong Plastic Exterior - Contains strong-smelling odors from escaping the brief.

    • Elastic Waistband - Offers comfort and flexibility during exercises and other activities.

      NorthShore Supreme Lite Briefs in purple, green, blue and white

      Supreme Lite Briefs offers up to 6 hours of protection

Supreme Briefs, the more absorbent version of Supreme Lite, offer up to 8 hours of dryness. They are a great option for individuals who are managing heavier urinary and/or bowel incontinence.

GoSupreme Pull-On Underwear

Pull-up style underwear for all-day protection. GoSupreme offers up to 8 hours of comfortable, form-fitting and discreet protection. Additional GoSupreme Underwear features include:

    • Dual Leak Guards - Provide protection near the leg areas to prevent leaks.

    • Form-Fitting Leg Elastics - Offer a snugger, more secure fit. 

    • Extra-Long Absorbent Lining - Extends coverage from the front to the rear.

    • Variety of Sizes - Offered in sizes small to 3XL.

      GoSupreme Pull-On Underwear

      GoSupreme Underwear offers up to 8 hours of protection

Liners are a popular option for individuals who may not need tab-style briefs or underwear. Liners, known as large-sized (incontinence) pads offer more coverage and absorbency the most retail incontinence pads.

DynaDry Supreme Liners

DynaDry Supreme Liners are a great option for individuals looking for a larger pad to be used in regular underwear. Features include:

    • Extra-Long Length - Offers more coverage for heavier leaks.

    • Adhesive Backing - Keeps liner securely in underwear. Liners should be worn in more form-fitting underwear (boxers are not recommended).

    • Contoured Shape - Provides a comfortable fit with a Figure 8 design.

    • Larger Sizes - Offered in sizes medium to 2XL.

      DynaDry Supreme Liners

      DynaDry Supreme Liners are designed for moderate incontinence

Along with getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and eating healthy, using the right incontinence products can help those managing incontinence and their caregivers enjoy fall to the fullest.  

In addition to Supreme Lite Briefs, GoSupreme Underwear and DynaDry Liners, NorthShore also offers other adult diaper and pull-on options, as well as pads, liners, underpads, waterproof covers and more to help individuals stay confident and protected.

*Please speak with a health care provider before taking any vitamins or minerals, starting a new exercise routine or eating foods that may cause an allergic or other reaction.

Learn about the products featured in this article and other incontinence supplies at NorthShore's Incontinence Products Page or call (800) 563-0161 for personalized tips and recommendations.