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Could Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease Be Experiencing Triggers for Some of Her Behaviors?

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Alzheimer’s disease changes quite a bit of your elder loved one’s life. One of the bigger ways that your loved one’s life can change is that suddenly situations that were no big deal can now become triggers for some unpleasant behaviors.


Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease often have difficulty sticking with a traditional sleeping pattern. Your elder loved one might stay awake a good bit of the night and then have trouble staying awake during the day. This can cause problems in a variety of ways, but being exhausted takes a toll on pretty much anyone. Your loved one might exhibit behaviors such as aggression or even wandering if she’s not sleeping well or enough.

Physical Discomfort

If your elder loved one has trouble communicating with you, she may not be able to express when she’s uncomfortable. Chronic pain, incontinence, or other types of discomfort can create situations that leave her in a situation that she may not be able to fix or control. If that’s the case, she may act out in ways that are difficult to understand until you realize what else is going on.

Medication Side Effects

Many loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from a variety of health conditions and this can mean that they’re on several different medications. Normally, your loved one might be able to let you know that she’s experiencing side effects from a new medication or from a combination. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease, on the other hand, may not be able to communicate that as well, so you’ll need to work more closely with her doctors.

Changes in Routine

People with Alzheimer’s disease tend to work well with a solid daily routine. This helps them to know what to expect and when to expect it. Meal times, bath times, and other activities all feel comfortable when they’re within the bounds of that routine. Sudden changes to the routine can make your loved one feel out of control and very uncomfortable, which can lead to some uncontrollable behaviors.


Overstimulation can be a big problem for someone with Alzheimer’s disease because their brain no longer functions the same way that it used to function. Too many loud sounds, too many people, or simply too much of anything can be way too much. You’ll need to learn your loved one’s boundaries and do what you can to respect them.

Work with your elder loved one’s doctors and senior care providers to help narrow down all of her different triggers so that you can help her to avoid them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
Ted Wolfendale