Communicating with a Demonstrator About Health Issues


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Demonstrators tend to ignore health issues as long as they possibly can. After all, they have places to go and people to see. They can’t be held back by a little pain—or even a lot of pain. And doctor’s visits aren’t wonderful adventures, they’re drudgery. In addition, since adhering to plans and schedules can often be painful for a demonstrator, even if you get them in to the doctor, they may not remember, or bother, to comply with the doctor’s orders.

On the other hand, demonstrators are relentlessly positive during a health crisis. They’re likely to focus on their chances of recovery, not their chances of complications. They’ll be everyone’s favorite patient, and remember to ask after the nurse’s brother-in-law’s dog even as they’re undergoing painful procedures. They tend to be thankful for the help they receive, but unwilling to speak up when they need to complain about poor treatment or to point out mistakes. Demonstrators need strong advocates, or they risk just smiling and telling everyone that things are fine, even when they’re not.

General Tips for Communicating with a Demonstrator

  • Begin with a compliment.
  • Gently redirect the conversation from tangents.
  • Be spontaneous.
  • Start with feelings.
  • Focus on the big picture, save details for later.
  • Work together on formal plans.
  • Be prepared to move on quickly.

When you communicate with a demonstrator about health issues, it’s important to focus on positive outcomes, since demonstrators flee negativity. For complex problems that require schedules and routines, be prepared to help with organization and time-management skills. Remember that demonstrators value social connections above all else, and always seek solutions that leave their social lives intact.

Discussing Health Concerns with a Demonstrator

Health concerns tend to vary a lot from person to person. However, there are certain areas of concern that most families will encounter at some point. We’ve highlighted the most common issues below.

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Demonstrators Need Your Help to Focus on Health

Demonstrators simply aren’t interested in the nitty gritty of health care. They’re too busy reaching out to the world around them and building relationships to think about blood draws or medication schedules. With your help, they can focus on health on an as-needed basis so that they have the energy to continue building bridges and serving in their communities.