In is not unusual for Alzheimer's Care Partners to assume these changes in behavior are due to Alzheimer's disease when in fact these new found challenging behaviors are being caused by an infection - usually a urinary tract infection.
You cannot assume that are person living with dementia will tell yo they are sick. In fact, they most likely won't when it comes to infection.
This means you must be on guard at all times for infection.
If you fail to do this, the person living with dementia might become very very sick before the infection is detected. This often leads to trips to the emergency room.
Do you want to end up in the Hospital or a hospital emergency room?
I doubt it.
Avoid the heartache and heartbreak. Be diligently. Learn how to detect an infection as soon as it happens; and then get it treated that day.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
The following articles will help you learn more about how to deal with, avoid, and stop urinary tract infections.
Urinary Tract Infection, You Can Learn From My Experience
Alzheimer's Caregiving: Dealing with Bladder Infections and Urinary Incontinence (Part One)
Alzheimer's Caregving: The Role of Communication and Basic Understanding in Solving Incontinence Problems (Part Two)
Alzheimer's Caregving: How Cranberry Juice Fights Bacteria that Cause Urinary Tract Infections (Part Three)
Alzheimer's Caregiving Avoiding the Urinary Tract Infection (Part Four)
Alzheimer's Caregiving Dealing with Urinary Incontinence (Part Five
Urinary Incontinence -- How We Beat Alzheimer's Incontinence -- The Solution
Conquering Urinary Incontinence -- The First Bladder Infection of the Year
Urinary Tract Infections Can Hasten Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Patients
Alzheimer's Disease and the Dreaded Bowel Movement
Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room