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CaregiveriS-Caregiving__Could_Your_Body_Language_Be_Making_Your_Loved_One_Anxious_-iStock-849177802Dear Candid Caregiver: My parents were always open about their long-term plans for retirement, saying that they’ve worked hard and retirement was going to be the payoff. Travel was huge on the horizon. Now, my dad has been diagnosed with mixed dementia, which, in his case, means Alzheimer’s and possibly Lewy body dementia, so their dreams are pretty much canceled...Dear Sad but Tense: I’m so sorry about what’s happened, not only to your dad but to your whole family. Generally, when I hear about ruined retirement plans, the letter comes from a spouse, so you provide an observant perspective that we can all learn from. I’m certain that your mom doesn’t have any idea that her grief, her anger, and her stress over what happened is showing...

Read the full question and answer on HealthCentral about body language and tone of voice and how they affect people living with dementia:

Carol Bradley Bursack is the Candid Caregiver

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Hi Cathy,
I appreciate your confirmation on this. Your closing statement is particularly eloquent.
Take care,
Carol

I have done this for years, but I believe we are compensating now. I be always watch body language, and pick up on their tone. You can tell when they aren't being sincere.body language screaming volumes. It drowns out the words.

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