Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and dementia

3. Urinary tract infections and dementia

UTIs can cause sudden confusion (also known as delirium) in older people and people with dementia. If the person has a sudden and unexplained change in their behaviour, such as increased confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, this may be because of a UTI.

The person may not be able to communicate how they feel, therefore it is helpful to be familiar with the symptoms of UTIs and seek medical help to ensure they get the correct treatment.

It is also important to be aware that any infection could speed up the progression of dementia and so all infections should be identified and treated quickly.