The Caregiver's Journey

Topic Selection

What you might see:

  • Problems finding good topics for conversation 
  • Problems keeping up when topics change 
  • Introducing a new topic abruptly 
  • Problems staying on topic

How you can help:

  • Pick topics that your service member/veteran enjoys. Ask about his or her interests and opinions.
  • Clarify new topics as they come up.
  • Ask how his or her comment relates to the topic: “How does the price of gas relate to what you ate for lunch?”
  • Tell your service member/veteran you are confused or getting lost in the conversation.
  • Gently, but firmly, alert your service member/veteran if he or she is bringing up a topic that may be offensive to others.