Urinary Tract Infections are very common among the elderly, but what most people don’t know is that they can cause more than just an uncomfortable infection for those with Alzheimer’s. There are many causes of UTIs and they are more common for women than men. The symptoms that normally come about are the frequent urge to go to the bathroom and pain or a burning sensation. For someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia those symptoms may still show themselves, but because seniors with memory loss have challenges communicating there are other signs to look for.
– Frequent urge to urinate but often the amount of urine passed is small.
– Fatigue: You will notice that the person with Alzheimer’s may be less willing to carry out tasks or be more reluctant to eat or exercise.
– Fever (this may mean that the infection has moved into the kidney)
– Painful, burning sensations in the area of the bladder or urethra, during urination. The person with Alzheimer’s may cry out or show distress when urinating.
– Back pain: Someone with Alzheimer’s may clutch or rub their back.
– Sudden changes in behavior or increased confusion and distress may be more noticeable.
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia and you notice any of these symptoms the best thing to do is to contact a doctor. The majority of UTIs can be treated with oral antibiotics, but it is always best to consult a doctor for the correct treatment.