infection? My husband has dementia and very rare 2X occurrences days apart have occurred. These have been minor acts toward caregivers in a memory ward. It has been suggested that the aggression is due to a urinary tract infection.
My 84 mother-in-law has dementia and gets every which way but loose when she gets a UTI. That's usually how we know she has one is because her behavior changes. Sometimes with a UTI she gets mean and hateful. She is very disagreeable when she has one (she is otherwise a sweet and kind person). She won't eat, spits food out, won't take her meds, won't let us take her dentures out to clean them, or if they're already out she clamps her mouth closed and won't let us put them in. There are many things "unlike her" that happen. After antibiotics run the course she's right back to her sweet agreeable self.
I have found with my Dad who suffers from dementia/alzheimers that when he does get a UTI his behavior is more aggressive and out of the box. When he starts acting like this i immediately advise his hospice care givers so we can give him a simple UTI test and on both occasions he has tested positive for a UTI. Once the meds for the UTI are given we notice within two days his behavior starts going back to the normal Dad. I hope this is helpful !
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