The National Institute on Aging's 4-pg handout provides questions and factors to consider to help patients determine if they have a constipation problem that requires medical attention. It addresses possible causes of constipation including dietary, overuse of laxatives and enemas, lack of exercise, holding back bowel movements, and medications. Dietary and lifestyle changes to alleviate constipation are also included.
NIA (National Institute on Aging)
4-pg handout on managing constipation in older persons