The Caregiver's Journey

Following Conversation

What you might see:

  • Difficulty paying attention to what is said
  • Misinterpreting what is said
  • Being “off topic” compared to the rest of the people in the conversation

How you can help:

  • Get your service member/veteran’s attention before speaking. 
  • Be clear and to the point. Keep it simple.
  • Reduce distractions. 
  • Every so often, stop and ask your family member to restate what he or she heard to ensure understanding.
  • Reduce your rate of speech and pause frequently to allow the person time to process and respond.
  • Avoid abrupt topic changes. 
  • In group conversations, help set a slower pace of conversation.