Older individuals are more susceptible to urinary tract infections (UTIs) because, as we age, the muscles in our bladder and pelvic floor get weaker, which can result in urine retention or incontinence. When urine remains in the urinary system for an extended period of time, bacteria such as Escherichia coli, also known as E. coli, have a chance to grow.
In the United States, approximately 28 percent (14.7 million) of community-dwelling older persons live alone, with older males accounting for 21 percent and older women accounting for 34 percent. The proportion of persons who live alone grows with age (for example, among women under the age of 75, almost 44 percent live alone). How many […]
The burden of disease, damage, and violence, as well as the opportunity to reach optimal health, faced by socially disadvantaged racial, ethnic, and other demographic groups, and communities, are all examples of avoidable inequalities in health. Inequalities in health exist among people of all ages, including older persons. What are health disparities? A health disparity […]