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Old 07-20-2015, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Could you have problems as detailed below b/c of this?

- Change in sleeping patterns

- Appetite change

- More tired

- Disoriented; quieter (does not start conversation)

Person is now getting care and is hospitalized but already back to being stubborn and argumentative.
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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Could you have problems as detailed below b/c of this?

- Change in sleeping patterns

- Appetite change

- More tired

- Disoriented; quieter (does not start conversation)

Person is now getting care and is hospitalized but already back to being stubborn and argumentative.
For a UTI? Yes. Goes hand in hand with dehydration. I am battling it with my mom.
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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YES.

Anytime there is degradation of behavior in an elderly person, check them for a UTI.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:23 PM
 
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Could you have problems as detailed below b/c of this?

- Change in sleeping patterns

- Appetite change

- More tired

- Disoriented; quieter (does not start conversation)

Person is now getting care and is hospitalized but already back to being stubborn and argumentative.
Could be and probably is a behavioral sign. Being tired in the morning from lack of sleep (bedwetting), loss of appetite or excessive thirst, and confusion.

The following sign is what the doctor has indicated to look for:

Frequent urination or bedwetting, especially in combination with being unable to produce a normal amount of urine in the morming first thing or in the evening before bedtime.

The following sign is what my mom usually indicates as having a UTI:

Pain or discomfort in lower extremities of abdomen.

And the following signs are what I've observed when temporary dementia from UTI was apparent:

Agitation (crying) or aggression (hitting therapists) when asked to do tasks.

Confusion and falls.

Lastly, if the urine is cloudy, it can be indicative of the presence of bacteria. It hasn't always worked for me, probably because it can be affected by the type of food and drink ingested before.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:01 AM
 
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YES.

Anytime there is degradation of behavior in an elderly person, check them for a UTI.
Yes, absolutely, there have been several threads here about this.
Speaking from personal experience, every degradation of behavior in my 91-yo MIL during her stay in an assisted living facilty has been due to an UTI. When we see a sudden or unexpected behavior or physical change, it's the first thing we ask them to check for. To date UTIs have turned out 100% to be the cause.
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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keep my dad on proplylactic antibiotics to prevent UTI's - has not had one in over a year. But when he did have them, disorientation, weakness, loss of balance, you name it. No fun.
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