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Conversation Topic Selection

What might you see?

  • Problems finding good topics for conversation
  • Problems keeping up when topics change in a conversation
  • Introducing a new topic abruptly
  • Problems staying focused on or engaged with a topic

How can you help?

  • Pick topics that your family member enjoys. Ask about their interests and opinions.
  • Clarify new topics as they come up.
  • Ask how their comment relates to the topic.
  • Tell your family member you are confused or getting lost in the conversation.
  • Gently and consistently alert your family member if they are bringing up a topic that may be offensive to others.