Most Common Infections in the Elderly

When caring for a senior citizen in your life, it is crucial to help keep them as healthy as possible. There are numerous ways you can do this, but in this day and age, one of the best ways is to help them prevent infections. There are many common infections in the elderly that you should know about. 

Bacterial Pneumonia

Elder Care Winter Garden, FL: Common Infections

Elder Care Winter Garden, FL: Common Infections

Just about everyone knows about pneumonia. It is quite common in the elderly. When bacteria gets into the lungs, it caused inflammation and fluid build-up in the air sacs, making it very tough to breathe. This is a problem because it makes it difficult for the patient to breathe. This condition is the leading cause of hospital inpatient stays for senior citizens. If you or an elder care provider notice your elderly loved one has weakness, loss of appetite, dizziness, confusion, a cough, or a fever, they could have bacterial pneumonia. 


Influenza, the flu, is another common infection in the elderly. It can spread very quickly through sneezing and coughing. Unfortunately, elderly people often hang out with other elderly people, which makes it even more dangerous being that senior citizens get quite sick from the flu. If your elderly loved one has confusion, weakness, lethargy, behavior changes, a higher fever, or a cough, they could have the flu. 

Skin Infections 

Did you know that the tiniest scrapes or cuts could become infected. This happens quite often in senior citizens. If you or an elderly care provider notice any ulcers, unusual marks, rashes, cuts, or scrapes on your elderly loved one, make sure these look okay. If there is redness, itching, or pain, they could have a skin infection. 

Urinary Tract Infections 

Urinary tract infections are quite common in senior citizens, too. Some symptoms that your elderly loved one might have if they get a UTI include weight loss, confusion, loss of appetite, and incontinence. Many times UTIs cause a senior citizens to end up in the hospital as the infection can spread to their bladder and kidneys. 

Gastrointestinal Infections

Many people get sick with gastrointestinal infections. Unfortunately, in the elderly, they may get extremely sick from vomiting, fevers, and the general symptoms of gastrointestinal infections. If you are caring for your elderly loved one and notice they have symptoms of a GI infection, make sure you ask their doctor what should be done. If you or an elder care provider notice your elderly loved one’s symptoms get worse, you should take them to the ER. 


These are some of the most common infections in the elderly. Now that you know more about these infections and the symptoms of them, you can watch out for signs of them in your elderly loved one. If they do get one of these infections, make sure they get the treatment needed as soon as possible. The longer they wait to get treatment, the more severe the condition can become. 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering elder care in Winter Garden, FL please contact the caring staff at Winter Garden Senior Home Care today. (407) 347-2050



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