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The Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Home Care Services Bonita FL

Home Care Services Bonita FLIn the beginning, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to figure out there is anything wrong with their health. They may begin to have more frequent memory loss and stumble over words when they are in a conversation. After all, these symptoms are also common parts of getting older.

The only way to know for sure if your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is to schedule a doctor appointment. If your loved one lives alone, a home care services provider can be hired to monitor the well-being of your loved one.

This home care services provider can also watch for any of the following symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Short-term memory loss. At the beginning, you or their caregiver will begin to notice an impairment in the elder’s short-term memory. They may begin to notice that they are simply becoming increasingly forgetful. Remembering the names of people they were just introduced to or events they should remember are now forgotten.

Unable to make decisions or solve problems. They will be unable to make decisions on their own, as well as solve problems, which could cause accidents. They may also increasingly become disoriented and will lose track of time.

Change in mood and personality. The elder may no longer be interested in activities they used to love. Depression, a change in appetite, lack of energy, sleep problems, and irritability are also common traits among adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

Suffer from aphasia. Aphasia is a condition that causes the elder to have trouble speaking and understanding language. You may notice that they are having trouble coming up with the right words in conversation, reading, and writing. This condition will seem minor at first, but will gradually get worse as the elder’s condition worsens.

Increased irritation. Even the smallest problem could trigger anger and irritation in your loved one. They may overreact by crying, swearing, shouting, or possible hitting another person.

Sundowning. Sundowning refers to a condition that causes the older adult to become more active at night. It is still unknown why sundowning occurs, but someone with this condition becomes increasingly agitated and stressed over minor situations in the afternoon and at night.

Psychosis. This condition only occurs in four out of ten people with Alzheimer’s disease. It can cause these elders to have hallucinations or frequent delusions.

The sooner your loved one gets a formal diagnoses, the more treatment options that will be available to them. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a doctor appointment as soon as possible.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Bonita 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.
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