Monday, June 06, 2016

UTIs and the elderly

A friend of ours has recently had a long siege in the hospital then a nursing because of a simple infection--urinary tract infection.
"Elderly people with serious urinary tract infection don't exhibit the hallmark sign of fever because their immune system is unable to mount a response to infection due to the effects of aging. In fact, elders often don't exhibit any of the common symptoms – or don't express them to their caregivers.
UTIs in the elderly are often mistaken as the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's, according to NIH, because symptoms include:
  • Confusion, or delirium-like state
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Other behavioral changes
  • Poor motor skills or dizziness
  • Falling"

My mother always recommended cranberry juice or cherry juice.  And mothers, at least mine, are always right.

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