Researchers have found a link between common infections, such as a cold, stomach bug or urine infection and an increase in inflammation like reactions in the brain which can exacerbate dementia symptoms. Study results show that people who got an infection had twice the rate of memory loss as people without infections.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
Urinary tract infections are particularly worrisome, and they should be to most Alzheimer's caregivers. There is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that infections can hasten memory loss in persons suffering from Alzheimer's.
Years ago, before we discovered that my mother was likely suffering from a series of rolling urinary tract infections, my mother woke up one morning and seemed to be completely disoriented. Obviously, this was disconcerting to me.