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Infections Older Parents Can Get



Infectious Disease Among Seniors

Infections are a serious concern for older adults. The most common infections are urinary tract infections, pneumonia, influenza, and shingles.


The presence of chronic illnesses can make it more difficult for the body to fight infection. Also, older adults sometimes do not run a fever but can appear confused and generally unwell.

Seniors and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)


Urinary tract infections are common among the elderly. Due to other conditions, the bladder does not empty completely and invites infection. There are a variety of symptoms and treatments >>More

Pneumonia Among Seniors


Pneumonia is a lung disease. The elderly are particularly at risk of getting seriously ill from this disease. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has a valuable overview. >>More

Influenza and Seniors (the flu)


Flu symptoms include and aching body, loss of energy, cough, sore throat, and sometimes headaches. The flu is especially difficult for seniors because the infection can exhaust the body and make it susceptible to other diseases such as pneumonia. >>More



Shingles is a painful, blistering rash. It may wrap around the back or chest or appear elsewhere along nerve endings. >>More