Category: UTI causes


The Facts about Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence can be an embarrassing issue for those who are experiencing it. The preconception behind the condition frequently contributes to individuals having a lack of understanding about the issue or believing a common misconception about incontinence. To provide clarity, the senior care experts at Dakota Home Care share the following urinary incontinence myths and their associated facts: Myth: Urinary incontinence is inevitable with age. Truth: Although getting older does boost the risk for incontinence, many senior individuals maintain normal bladder control, so it should certainly never be considered to be a standard or inevitable part of the aging process. Myth: Urinary incontinence can’t be treated in older adults.  Truth: This is not true in many situations. There are ways that incontinence can be treated with success. Myth: Consuming as little water as possible will lessen the risk of incontinence. Truth: Often older adults limit their fluid intake with the erroneous perception that drinking less will minimize the extent of their incontinence. However, decreasing fluids leads to more concentrated urine, which irritates the bladder and exacerbates the problem. Drinking plenty      of fluid helps to maintain a normal bladder capacity and performance. Myth: Urinary incontinence is hardly ever a problem for men. Truth: Men are less prone to discuss the concern with family members or physicians, and so are less likely to be clinically diagnosed with urinary incontinence. However, per NAFC estimates, around 20% to 25% of Americans with incontinence are men. When it comes to urinary incontinence, UTIs, and other sensitive medical challenges in older adults, you can depend on the trained and experienced senior care experts at Dakota Home Care to provide comprehensive care services with dignity and respect, which enable improved independence, safety, and comfort. Our highly-trained professionals are available with a wide range of services for

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Managing Incontinence in Seniors

Incontinence in seniors, or a loss of bladder control, is an uncomfortable and delicate issue. It can trigger a variety of problems, from skin sores to social isolation, which creates secondary problems for individuals who are afraid to leave home in case of an “accident.” Yet while bladder leakage causes as many as 25 million people in America to suffer with difficulties, the affliction seldom receives the attention and discussion warranted. With the lack of communication and clear information about managing incontinence in seniors, many older individuals and those who care for them feel as though little can be done about the problem.

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UTIs: Symptoms, Causes & Prevention in the Elderly

The basics about UTIs can be found in one of our first blogs, Health Wise – Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly. Because UTIs continue to be a very common, serious and frequently undiagnosed illness in the elderly, today’s blog provides additional information about UTI symptoms in the elderly, causes and prevention. Symptoms The most common reason UTIs often go undiagnosed in the elderly is because the symptoms don’t mirror typical symptoms of UTIs. What can be an easy cure (antibiotics) might not be administered, because your first thought could be that your elderly loved one has a much more serious condition, like dementia or other permanent behavioral changes. The most commonly recognized symptoms of UTIs are frequent urination, burning pain, cloudy urine, a fever and lower back pain. Because many senior citizens’ immune systems have been weakened by time and are not functioning at optimal levels, they have increased susceptibility to any infection. Their bodies do not recognize or try to fight the infection; thus, no fever, but producing UTI symptoms in the elderly that can be very different: Disorientation, confusion or a delirium-like state Hallucinations: hearing or seeing things that aren’t real Agitation, depression or other behavioral changes Decreased motor skills and/or dizziness that causes frequent falls Why these symptoms frequently are the result of a UTI in an elderly is something of a mystery. However, as all infections can lead to dehydration which, by itself, can produce these types of symptoms, that may be one reason. Dehydration is common in the elderly for a variety of reasons. If any of these symptoms come on suddenly, an immediate visit to the doctor is called for. Make sure it includes a urine test to determine whether or not a UTI is the cause. A urine test can also help

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