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Infections in the elderly do not always present with "normal" symptoms as in younger people. Often, symptoms are vague and misleading, and a change in mental status or a decline in function may be the only signs noted when an infection is present.

Risk Factors

  • Age
  • History of infections
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Incontinence
  • Medications
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Weight loss
  • Pressure sores
  • Immobility
  • Certain medical conditions including, but not limited to, diabetes cancer terminal illnesses, and dementia
  • Failure to follow the physician’s plan of care
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