UTI and the Elderly- 6 Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

UTI Signs and Symptoms to Watch For

UTI and the Elderly

Frequent Urination

Pain or Pressure in Abdomen

Pain During Urination

Dark or Cloudy Urine

Strong Odor May Signal a UTI

Fever, Night Sweats

Stronger and more severe UTI symptoms common in the elderly can include:

  • Changes in behavior
  • Dizziness
  • Agitation
  • Falling
  • Confusion or hallucinations
  • Poor motor skills
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain

UTI Prevention

UTI and Dehydration
  • Make sure they are drinking plenty of water. This will make them urinate more frequently, but that is good. If they live with dementia, set a timer to take them to the washroom at regular intervals.
  • Keep the genital area dry and have them wear breathable cotton underwear.
  • Drink cranberry juice ( the type without added sugar), or give them cranberry tablets unless there is a history of kidney stones.
UTI and Coffee
  • Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol intake. If they live in a memory care home, this should not be difficult.
  • Change them if they are wet or soiled immediately. Even if they wear protective garments, check them regularly.
  • For women, wipe from back to front. Adding a bidet to the commode is a good idea.
  • Avoid feminine hygiene products.

Dementia and UTIs

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Family Caregiver, Senior Care Marketer, Founder of Find Houston Senior Care and Marketing Your Care. I produce the Life After 50 Show on Facebook.

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Kathryn Watson

Kathryn Watson

Family Caregiver, Senior Care Marketer, Founder of Find Houston Senior Care and Marketing Your Care. I produce the Life After 50 Show on Facebook.

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