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Is it dementia, or an infection?

Old womanI had no idea that a simple urinary tract infection could mimic dementia symptoms in senior citizens.   A very interesting article in our local Simi Valley Acorn quotes Anna Treinkman, past president of the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, who said,

“A sudden change in behavior is one of the best indicators of a urinary tract infection in older adults. Some common warning signs might include confusion or not being able to do tasks the patient could easily do a day or two before. Anytime there’s a change in an older adult—if one day they’re able to dress themselves or feed themselves and then there’s a sudden change—a red flag should go up.”

If you or someone you love is a senior citizen, be sure to read these articles (updated article from Alzeimers.net) .  It could make a big difference in how you and your doctor respond to these symptoms, especially if they come on very suddenly.

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