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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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Seniors Who Feel Compelled to Shop

Some seniors have had compulsive shopping or shopaholic tendencies their whole lives. Just because they get older and have less discretionary income doesn’t mean that they will adjust to their new financial situation. Even seniors who weren’t big shoppers previously might spend recklessly in excessive senior shopping in an attempt to relieve feelings of depression, boredom, grief and/or loneliness. Some feel they deserve to splurge, because they’ve been frugal all their lives, and they think that now they should be able to buy whatever they want. If you could use support watching over the shopping activities of a loved one, our compassionate caregivers can help. Contact us online or call us at (701) 663-5373 to learn more. Is It Retail Therapy? As friends, family and abilities dwindle, retail therapy gives many people a short-lived mood boost. Online ordering, television shopping channels and mail-order catalogs make it so seniors don’t even have to leave home to over-use their credit and debit cards. Limited mobility and age-related health issues can make it harder for an older person to manage their behavior and hide the consequences. If a loved one who has previously been responsible with their money and kept their home free of clutter suddenly begins spending frivolously and accumulating purchases and other things, it may indicate a mental health issue, such as depression and/or cognitive decline. Dementia also can play a role in senior excessive shopping. Your mom may actually need a new set of sheets but a memory lapse causes her to repeat the order several times. Deliveries arrive frequently, and unopened packages are strewn throughout the house. Impaired judgement and comprehension can also lead to unusual impulse purchases. If no family members or friends are aware of a senior’s excessive shopping habits, their financial situation can rapidly get out

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