Why Are UTIs Common in Senior Citizens?

UTIs or urinary tract infections are serious infections that can hit at any age. They are more common in senior citizens. They’re also more common in women due to the proximity of the urethra’s opening to the anus. The tube to the bladder is also shorter, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder.

Senior Care in Delray Beach FL: Why Are UTIs Common in Senior Citizens?

Senior Care in Delray Beach FL: Why Are UTIs Common in Senior Citizens?

Aging Health reports that about 10 percent of senior women over the age of 65 report having had at least one UTI in the past year. The rate increased to 30 percent in women 85 or older. Could your mom be one of them?

Symptoms of a UTI Aren’t Always Standard in the Elderly.

One thing of concern is that the symptoms of a UTI in the elderly aren’t always typical. You might think of a UTI leading to a burning sensation when going to the bathroom. Most people experience a sensation of still having a full bladder after going. Those are the typical symptoms.

In seniors, a UTI can present itself in other ways. Your mom may become confused and easily agitated. She might start having issues with mobility and falling down. You might find her wetting her bed or pants. She may lose her appetite and become lethargic. She may develop pain on the side or back of her abdomen just below the rib cage.

How Can You Tell If It’s a UTI?

It can be hard to tell if your mom really has a UTI or not. If you have any concerns, it’s best to see a doctor for a diagnosis. Generally, a doctor looks for several symptoms occurring together and orders a urine culture. If she does have a UTI, she’ll be given antibiotics. Make sure she takes them properly and doesn’t stop taking them when she feels better.

If your mom is prone to frequent UTIs, you can buy strips to keep at home. Make sure you do discuss your mom’s symptoms with her doctor. Even if you have the strips at home and nothing shows up, there could be another health issue making her agitated.

Preventing UTIs.

Proper care when toileting is key to keeping a bacterial infection from happening. If your mom is struggling with that aspect of her bathing and grooming, it could be time to hire a senior care professional. She may not love the idea at first, but repeat trips to a doctor to be tested for a UTI might be more embarrassing. Plus, you don’t want her risking her life to an infection.

Talk to a senior care agency about bathing and grooming services for your mom. You get to pick out the best services and scheduling. Your mom gets the quality of care she needs to live happily at home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Delray Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3878051/

 

President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.