FEATUREHeeding the Behavioral Message of Elders With Dementia in Day CareIto, Mio MSc, RN; Takahashi, Ryutaro MD, PhD; Liehr, Patricia PhD, RNAuthor Information Human Care Research Team, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Tokyo, Japan (Ms Ito and Dr Takahashi); and the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla (Dr Liehr). Corresponding author: Mio Ito, MSc, RN, Human Care Research Team, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, 35-2 Sakae-cho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, 173-0015, Japan (e-mail: [email protected]). Holistic Nursing Practice: January 2007 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 12-18 Buy Abstract Embodied language is unity of bodily, linguistic, and behavioral descriptors, expressed as health. Disagreement behavior, client unwillingness to respond as requested when uncomfortable in a situation, occurs in elders with dementia. Case study analysis suggests that agitation/aggression may be avoided if disagreement behavior is recognized as a message of discomfort. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.