Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) in older people

People of all ages get Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) from time to time- they are uncomfortable, but they rarely get in the way of our daily lives. However, for many older people, UTI’s can be really debilitating. As we get older, our immune system changes, meaning our bodies respond differently to infection than when we were younger. Rather than experiencing pain, many older people will experience a sudden state of confusion and agitation, also known as delirium.

Particularly for older adults who already have dementia, UTI’s can go un-noticed as the symptoms might be perceived as symptoms of the dementia. If the infection is left untreated, it can become very serious, even life-threatening. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on your elderly loved ones’ behaviour, particularly if they are living with dementia, and if there are any sudden changes then it is always worth consulting with a medical professional. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.


For more information or if you wish to discuss care for your loved one please email care@greensleeves.org.uk