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3 Common Infections in People Over 65 April 17, 2019

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3 Common Infections in People Over 65, Henrietta, New York

While common infections may not pose a risk to most people, for the elderly even a seemingly harmless health issue can be a cause for alarm. That’s why it’s important for family members and home aides to be aware of common infections and how to avoid them. Here’s some information to start.  

How to Help a Senior Parent Avoid Infection

1. Skin Infections

Seniors with diabetes have a higher risk of experiencing serious infections, especially in the lower extremities. While management of diabetes is a must to control symptoms, seniors and their families must also monitor wound healing. Cuts and scratches should be properly cleaned and disinfected, and medical care should be sought if wounds persist. A home aide can help with diabetes management and wound care.

2. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

home aideUTIs in the elderly are characterized by pain while urinating, the frequent need to go, fever, and discomfort in the lower abdomen. These infections can occur due to elevated bacteria levels in the bladder or result from bladder obstruction. Antibiotics are usually sufficient at clearing up infections, so it’s important to seek timely medical care if you suspect a UTI.

3. Flu

When it comes to the flu, people 65 and older are at a greater risk of serious complications, with approximately 70 to 80% of flu deaths occurring in this age group. That’s why flu shots are recommended for all seniors, as this is the best way to avoid potentially deadly symptoms. Hand washing is also important, as this will prevent the spread of germs. If you or a home aide is sick or coming down with flu symptoms, it’s best to limit contact with seniors.


Caring for an aging loved one is a full-time job. That’s why many families in New York’s Finger Lakes region depend on the home aides at Lifetime Care. As a trusted home health care provider since 1960, these caregivers offer support to the elderly with advanced medical needs. This includes cancer care, diabetes management, treatment of Parkinson’s, and many other conditions. Additionally, caregivers will provide much-needed emotional support, which improves the quality of life for their clients. Call (585) 214-1000 today to learn how you can support your aging loved one. You can also visit them online for more information on their services.

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