Although it’s not uncommon to get a urinary tract infection (UTI), they can be quite harmful and dangerous for those aged 65-and-above. Complications that are possible when a senior gets a UTI include bloodstream infections (sepsis) and irreversible kidney damage.

Many aging in place seniors who are the recipients of in-home care also have dementia, making it hard on a caregiver to determine if they have a UTI in the first place. If this sounds familiar, the first step is learning the signs and symptoms of a UTI so you can get your loved one the care they deserve.

Urinary Tract Infection Risk Factors in the Elderly

Contrary to popular belief, UTIs are not just something women get. According to WebMD, these are some UTI risk factors that affect both men and women:

  • Urinary tract abnormalities
  • Blockages in the urinary tract, like kidney stones
  • A suppressed immune system from diabetes, certain medications or other causes
  • Urinary catheter