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pain, shortness of breath, high fever, shaking chills, joint pain and muscle aches, etc.), but rather exhibit mental status changes. Evidence-based research has shown that a link exists between worsening cognitive performance and antibody levels caused by infections. Disorientation, short-term memory loss, and confusion most commonly occur when dementia is the result of an infection (Fernandez, 2014). Therefore, providers should investigate any mental status changes that occur suddenly when providing care for the elderly, and caretakers should also recognize any abrupt mental status changes and report such changes to providers to determine the cause, whether onset of dementia or infection. References: Fernandez, J. (February 14, 2014). Dementia may signal pneumonia in elderly . Baptist Health South Florida. Retrieved from - signal-pneumonia-in-elderly/. Mayo Clinic. (March 18, 2018). Pneumonia . Retrieved from . Simonetti, A. F., Viasus, D., Garcia-Vidal, C., & Carratala, J. (2014). Management of community-acquired pneumonia in older adults. Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease, 2(1) ; 3-16. doi: 10.1177/2049936113518041. Retrieved from pmc/articles/PMC4072047/.
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