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Dear Carol: I’m a longtime reader and know that you’ve addressed this issue before, but now it affects my family. I’m hoping that my sister will see this letter and respect your opinion. Our mother is in a nursing home because of late stage dementia. I spend a lot of time with Mom and my sister sometimes joins us. My sister thinks that Mom’s isn’t really “there” anymore so when she comes to visit she spends her time venting to me about whatever is bothering her. My sister’s voice gets shrill when she’s upset and she introduces tension in the room. 

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