Nov 4, 2013

UTI and Body Temperature

Did you know that as we age our core body temperature drops and this causes urinary tract infections to go undetected until they worsen. This often results in a visit to the Hospital emergency room or worse, the death of a person living with Alzheimer's.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Urinary Tract Infection and Body Temperature | Alzheimer's Reading Room

One of the worst things that happens to a person living with Alzheimer's is the dreaded UTI - urinary tract infection.

UTIs are common, very common in dementia patients - especially women.

UTIs often lead to dire circumstances including death!!!

UTIs hasten memory loss, and they make Alzheimer's patients mean, challenging, and sometimes the exact opposite, listless, dull, and "not there".

If there is one thing an Alzheimer's caregiver must know it is how to detect a UTI before the circumstances become dire.


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Urinary tract infections are like a plague when it comes to persons living with Alzheimer's ... Consider this, urinary tract infections can be silent, and they can be deadly.

Yes, alzheimer's patients can die from a urinary tract infection that goes undetected and results in a sepsis infection.
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
A significant fraction of Alzheimer's caregivers have suffered through visits to the Hosptial emergency room as result of urinary tract infections that have festered and escalated as a result of not being detected by the caregivers or by a doctor.

And yes, sadly, we have had readers who's loved one has died from complications caused by a urinary tract infections.

I suggest you take the time to read the article - Urinary Tract Infection and Core Body Temperature -- Dotty.

I strongly suggest that you find out the core body temperature of your loved one, and take their temperature at least once a day.

In my opinion, this is the single most important thing that every caregiver needs to learn.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,000 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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