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We are in an area affected by forest fires and our air quality is unhealthy according to airnow.gov. This started on Thursday and my mom has been sleeping more and is very irritable. This is how she is when she's had a UTI. Once the infection is cleared, she is back to her pleasant self. She just cleared up a UTI and we have an appointment on Tuesday with the doctor to follow up with another UA.


But in the meantime, I'm wondering if the air pollution is hard on her. We are taking all of the safety precautions, windows are closed and she has an air purifier in her room. But I know the air in our house is not as good as normal because of my own symptoms.


Has anyone experienced this happening to some one they know with dementia?

When I was caring for my mom two years in a row we had large wild fires that were about 60 miles away. I don't remember the air getting real bad but what we saw on the news was very hard on her. Had to stop watching it and it was 24/7 coverage. She did not understand the concept of how far the fires were away. She was very frightened, did not sleep well, and would try to turn the sprinkler system on to keep the fire away. Yes, mom's symptoms were worse just seeing the news coverage.
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dafodil Sep 14, 2020
Thank you for your input. My mom is not watching the news, thank goodness!
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I forgot to add that she stopped taking oxybutynin just 4 days ago. I wonder if this could be affecting her mood/memory too?
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I forgot to add that she stopped taking oxybutinin just 4 days ago. I wonder if this could be affecting her mood/memory too?
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