... I personally don't think UTI affected my mood when I got them before. More about worrying but was not affected in the mood. ... (7 replies)
... Luau, a UTI can make anybody cranky and feel bad but the major cognitive effects seem to be limited to the elderly. I have seen a UTI have a negative effect on the cognition of elderly patients without dementia or in the very early states of MCI. ... (7 replies)
... I don't think that UTI testing could be used as an early detection highlighting tool. ... (7 replies)
... thank you for your personal experience, re absence of mental status change with UTI in a cognitively healthy person. This really sets me wondering. ... (7 replies)
... Can answer that one having experienced a couple of UTI's per year for a while after pelvic radiation. No effect on mental functions in my experience. My mother had dementia and as soon as there was any change in her demeanor there was an immediate test done for a UTI. Was considered a major mood changer in dementia patients and those living in a close proximity... (7 replies)
... UTI, if I may. We all know that UTI can strikingly diminish cognition in people with dementia. Having never experience UTI myself, I am wondering how UTI might affect the mental functions of someone with normal brain functions. Does or can it make the person feel a big foggy, groggy, or what? ... (7 replies)
... I know that UTI can make the demented person feel terrible and angry. Also, at the same time, the dementia can get worse as well given a long time. ... (7 replies)
... My 90 year old mother has vascular dementia and is in a memory impairment AL. She had a UTI about a year ago, which I had suspected, but was diagnosed when she was catheterized while in the hospital for another reason. ... (7 replies)
... Both. Mum was a gentle soul altz but at any hint of change a UTI check was done. ... (5 replies)
... Some of the antibiotics used to treat UTI can also produce confusion, drowsiness, etc. Cipro is particularly bad that way. ... (5 replies)
... three, to show marked signs of improvement after the antibiotics takes effect. You also have to have the right antibiotic to treat the specific bacteria or the UTI will usually reoccur... and sometimes it does anyway... so follow up test are needed to be sure it is gone and not just better. ... (5 replies)
... My FIL had UTI twice last year and one UTI this past May. But he had no extra confusion. Just usual Alzheimer's symptoms. He is quite serene with UTI given antibiotics. He does sleep more now and I think he slept all afternoon when he was on antibiotics for UTI. ... (5 replies)
... The confusion can come with otherwise healthy people. Depending on severity - how long the UTI has been untreated - it could take several days to clear. My mother had them frequently and she never had any form of dementia (though she was a "nutcase", she had been that way all her life - the world revolved around her and owed her anything she wanted - narcissistic,... (5 replies)
... I understand that UTI can exacerbate confusion and overall cognition. Can this also precipitate confusion in cognitively healthy individuals or those that r nomally asymtomatic? ... (5 replies)
... okay so the color is important, how about the smell of strong urine, is that also a clue? the other day when helping my mom I noticed a really strong smell to her urine, the nurse who was with me also stated the same thing, she never said anything about uti.my mom was not showing any signs of aggression. \Now that I think about it, could that have been a big clue... (7 replies)
... Nina, it can be for a multitude of reasons but those are two common ones with the elderly. The bacteria that causes a UTI is important in knowing where it came from.... and how to treat it. ... (7 replies)
... Deb you got a point. The director of my FIL's home told me it was common for older people to get UTI and the nurse said maybe it was the bladder urine (he has residual urine.) It seems they don't think it is thier problem about cleaning and drinking enough fluid. However I know it is hard for them to handle my FIL. Surely there is some reason for UTI.
Nina (7 replies)
... at is a fecal problem. Not cleaning the front area towards the back or letting her sit in the feces. If she is not getting enough to drink that will also cause UTI because there is not enough fluid present to flush the urinary tract. So change her as soon as she has a BM and push push push those fluids. ... (7 replies)
I also learned recently that antibiotics is part of living will issues: the POA or family can choose not to use antibiotics due to some complicated reasons (over-resistant to everyone in the nursing home and delaying the dementia...)
It is like DNR or feeding tube, you could refuse to give her antibiotics unless it offers her comfort care.
The ER really needs to... (6 replies)
I am so sorry about this. My father-in-law is not as bad as your Mom and he has not had seizures or stroke. Yet every year he goes to the ER at least once. He is 90. He got quite sick last year but he got better again.
It is like he is declining with Alzheimer's but he still recovers from some minor sickness at times. It is never ending trip and he is still around.... (6 replies)