Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are extremely common. Women of all ages are prone to them, but elderly men and people with limited mobility, suppressed immune systems, or blockages in the urinary tract due to enlarged prostate or kidney stones are also at high risk. These infections are easily cured, but untreated UTIs can lead to serious problems.
Classic UTI symptoms include cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine, a frequent or urgent need to urinate, pain with urination, low-grade fever, night sweats, and cramping in the lower abdomen. Seniors may display none of those signs. So, also be on the lookout for:
The single best sign of a UTI in an older person is often a sudden change in behavior.
Some simple steps to help prevent UTIs include:
Avoiding UTIs altogether is, of course, the best. But knowing that they can show up in seniors without any hallmark symptoms can ensure treatment before more serious health problems develop.
VNSNY CHOICE Editorial Team