UTIs — Risks & Prevention
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common type of bacterial infection in older adults. The elderly can experience different and more severe symptoms than younger adults. Always be on the lookout for behavioral changes, which may include agitation, mental confusion, and sudden changes in behavior.
UTIs should not be ignored. Without proper treatment, UTIs in the elderly can cause serious problems. This is an infection which can cause permanent organ damage, and which can lead to a life-threatening infection.
Some additional risk factors for UTIs in older adults:
* Using a catheter to empty the bladder
* Having kidney stones, which can block the flow of urine
* Having a suppressed immune system, which lowers the body’s defense against infection
Women are more susceptible to UTIs than men. Focus on these health habits to help prevent UTIs in elderly women:
* Urinating promptly after the urge arises
* Wiping front to back
* Emptying the bladder shortly after sex
* Taking showers instead of baths
If either of your elderly parents are experiencing frequent UTIs — or other challenges that require help with daily tasks — consider personalized, homecare services to assist their quality of life.
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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions.
Phone: (781) 378-2164