Dementia and urinary tract infections in elderly patients

Patient

Q: In a recent trip to the doctor, my 87 year old mother was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. A week prior she started showing signs of dementia. I know this is often considered to be a symptom of a UTI, but I cant seem to get any answers as to if after the infection clears up, will the dementia fade as well. Prior to last Saturday she has been functioning completely normally, and has shown absolutely no signs of dementia in the past. However, her confusion and panic is getting out of hand. she'll start counting at random and say a single word multiple times over in different voices. however, during her doctors visit yesterday, she was almost completely normal around other people. My overall question is, how long will this most likely last. I know it is specific to every patient, but it seems this is quite common among elderly patients. is it possible for these signs of dementia to clear up or lessen? she is currently on antibiotics for her infection.
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