UTIs in the elderly: Uqora's founder explains the signs in Episode 111 of Rock Your Retirement

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Did you know that UTIs can be mistaken for dementia in the elderly? 

Uqora founder Jenna Ryan and Rock Your Retirement podcast host Kathe Kline dive into all-things UTIs, digging into why UTIs can be especially tricky with older adults.
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Here's the podcast summary, provided by Rock Your Retirement:

Jenna Ryan knows signs of urinary tract infection.  She used to get them all the time.

Did you know that signs of urinary tract infection include dementia?  This was a shock to me when I first found out.  I mean, what does one have to do with the other?

Jenna Ryan is with us today to educate us about signs of urinary tract infections (UTI) and why she created a drink that can prevent/cure UTI.

Jenna is the CEO and co-founder of Uqora, a company dedicated to UTI prevention. Uqora has developed a “pink lemonade with a purpose” that helps women flush out UTI-causing bacteria. She created this drink mix because she herself suffered from UTI. Jenna says she doesn’t want to take antibiotics because it can develop resistance.

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men. Infections limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys.

Doctors typically treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics. But you can take steps to reduce your chances of getting a UTI in the first place.

Here are some signs of urinary tract infection to watch out for:

  • A burning feeling when you urinate

  • A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do

  • Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen

  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine

  • Feeling tired or shaky

  • Fever or chills (a sign the infection may have reached your kidneys)

The issue with older adults is that many times they don’t get the same feelings of pain or burning sensations when they urinate so their UTIs often go undiagnosed.  But… then other issues can occur.

Did you know that signs of urinary tract infection can lead to misdiagnosis of Dementia?

Here are some signs of urinary tract infection that are the same as Dementia:

  • Delirium

  • Hallucination

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

How to Prevent a UTI

Hydration is the key to prevent a UTI. If you’re at risk of having a UTI, drink Uqora. If you’re in the older generation, you have to drink it every day. Good hygiene can also prevent a UTI.

If you have signs of urinary tract infection, the Uqora might be able to help.  But most importantly, be sure the speak with your doctor about the possibility of your parents having a UTI if they suddenly show signs of dementia.

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