Experts estimate that at least 1 in 5 women throughout the United States will experience a urinary tract infection at some point in their lives. Among those who have one such infection, another 20 percent will experience a second infection. Among those, 30 percent will go on to have a third infection. For those women who have a third urinary tract infection, around 80 percent will continue to have recurrent infections. While women are far more likely to experience a UTI, men can and do develop these infections as well. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize that these infections are uncomfortable, but they can also lead to very serious complications, including kidney infections. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of such an infection can help you to give your parent the care that they need to minimize the impact of such an infection and protect them from further issues.
Some of the signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections for seniors include:
• Strong, frequent urge to urinate
• Burning or stinging sensation during urination
• Frequently urinating only a small amount
• Cloudy quality of urine
• Discoloration in the urine that makes it appear red, pink, or brown that might be an indication of the presence of blood in the urine
• Urine that has a strong smell that is not related to the foods that they ate
• Pelvic pain that appears in women
• Pain in the upper back
• Shaking or chills
• Discomfort in the lower abdomen
While these symptoms can appear in older adults, your senior is likely to experience symptoms that are not present in younger adults. These can include:
• Increased instance of falls or loss of balance that can cause them to bump or run into things and potentially cause injury
• Difficulty with motor skills
• Changes in their behavior or cognitive functioning
These symptoms can often be very stressful and worrisome for caregivers. You might immediately think that they are dealing with dementia or another form of cognitive decline. If you notice these symptoms and they appear suddenly, have them evaluated for a UTI before jumping to this conclusion.
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