What causes UTIs in seniors?
You know seniors are more likely to contract a UTI than a kid or a younger adult, but what exactly causes the UTI in the first place? UTIs are caused by bacteria or fungi that’s entered the urinary tract. This often happens due to a blockage of urine flow and stored urine in the bladder.
The most common UTI-causing bacteria: E. coli. E. coli is responsible for about 85% of all UTIs in adults. It can contaminate food, such as ground beef and raw vegetables, which ends up in your stool. Since the anus and the urethra are so close to one another, especially in females, good bathroom habits are essential protection against UTIs.
Seniors who reside in a hospital or another care facility and have a catheter in place are also at high risk of contracting a UTI. Catheters provide an easy entry point for UTI-causing bacteria, and it doesn’t help that UTI-causing bacteria commonly infiltrate catheters.