How To Recognize a UTI in Aging Adults


How To Recognize a UTI in Aging Adults

It’s a topic few of us consider let alone discuss. But for families   caring for aging adults, it’s important to know about and learn   to recognize signs and symptoms for urinary tract infections, or UTIs.

  UTIs occur when bacteria enters the area between the kidneys and urethra.   This can affect older adults more often due to age-related changes in   their immune system, which makes us more vulnerable to infection. The   probability of acquiring a UTI only increases in individuals suffering   from incontinence or using a urinary catheter. UTIs are also more common   in men and women who cannot fully empty their bladder due to cystocele,   bladder prolapse, or use of certain medications. Higher UTI instances   are shown in men with enlarged prostate, women with low estrogen levels,   or anyone with diabetes, low activity levels, or poor hygiene. 

Uncomfortable to say the least, UTIs are most often associated with a burning   sensation during urination and are typically treated with antibiotics.   But they can also develop into more serious – even life-threatening   – complications when left untreated. So what should you be on the   lookout for? Common symptoms include pain during urination or cloudy,   dark, bloody, or strong-smelling urine. Those suffering from a UTI may   also experience a low-grade fever, lower pelvis pressure, back pain –   even night sweats or chills.

As the infection intensifies, patients may display behavioral changes including   confusion, agitation, dizziness, or falls. These changes are easily confused   with dementia. Caretakers – or adults aging in place – should   watch for these and other telltale signs, visiting a professional for   diagnosis and treatment should they arise.

At Manchester Place Care Homes, we care for our residents around the clock   with the goal of pinpointing and addressing any symptoms before an infection   becomes more serious. Schedule a free tour and talk to one of our compassionate   team members if you’re considering around-the-clock assisted living   for your loved one.

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