SUDDEN INCREASED DEMENTIA CAUSED BY INFECTION

Her mom was diagnosed with mild dementia, but now she has significantly increased dementia. And it has happened so suddenly. From being able to walk independently around her neighborhood, handling her own finances and even helping with her granddaughter. To suddenly not only was all of that gone, but now she is unable to speak, only babbling incoherent sentences. Mom is now total care with all of her needs from dressing to toileting and eating.

The first sentence she wrote me said it all, Mom is 88 years old and has had a urinary infection. At her advanced age, and with already a diagnosis of mild dementia, it is no surprise that she has had an increase in her dementia since being sick. The urinary tract infection was resistant to several antibiotics and after the 5th try her blood still shows a low grade infection.

Once the elderly person has a decline in cognitive function due to infection, the person even after the infection is resolved never returns to their previous level of function. And this mom just hasn’t recovered from the infection.

Preventing a infection is the only sure defense against this type of sudden increase in dementia. Taking advantage of the things we know that prevent infection. Taking a oral probiotic daily, especially something fermented such as sauerkraut. Taking a vitamin D supplement as well as an Oregano capsule. We have all now seen the chicken commercials from Perdue where they tell how they have moved away from antibiotics in their chickens water by the addition of Oregano.  So the elderly can also benefit not only from a little chicken soup but the Oregano that is keeping the chickens healthy.

Virginia Garberding RN

Certified in Gerontology and Restorative Nursing

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