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Elder Mediation

Elder Mediators

On elder mediation, to paraphrase Mark Twain:

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18!

Elder mediation deals with the fact that aging is a constant element of life. Especially towards the end of our years, life is what we make of it. Elder mediation, or senior mediation, is a form of mediation that involves assisting family members or others who are older and more vulnerable. They may be unable to communicate effectively their needs and wishes. As our entire population ages, usually parents, but also other relatives, siblings or even friends, are in need of such services. Concerns arise around lifestyles, housing, health and home care, assets, estate and financial planning.

Family relationships, rivalries, hierarchy, health, death, spouses, businesses and lifestyles are intertwined, often multi-generationally.

The heart of elder mediation is communication, communication in a manner that may be unfamiliar. Most people are confronted with the the complex challenges of aging, uncertain how not only to address these emotional issues but also to resolve them satisfactorily. With our elder mediation services, we create a set of guidelines and a map toward a mediation resolution specifically tailored for your family. We facilitate for seniors communicating their thoughts and wishes to their families. This communication promotes understanding and agreement and develops the best ideas to prevent costly conflict. The "best ideas win" method is also employed by caregivers and other family members to meet the challenge of caring for their seniors in the event the senior is not able to communicate effectively.

Effective elder mediation helps to find resolutions for different people and diverse families with various and sometimes competing agendas.

We are all very sensitive to change, and as we age, these concerns may be naturally heightened. These issues require advanced skill sets to resolve sensitive issues and delicate subject matters. Our elder mediators must be specifically trained, either professionally or personally, with elder relatives who have been through this transitional process, in order to practice as Alternative Law mediators. Proper planning makes these difficult transitions more transparent and acceptable to families with divergent interests and goals that evolve in these processes.  You can contact us at 1.800.529.1516 or email us at elder@alternativelaw.com.

Mediation and decision-making for families:

  • Sharing or sales of homes, properties, or businesses
  • Inter-family and intra-family disputes
  • Unresolved personal conflicts
  • Future plans
  • Quality of life
  • Crisis intervention plans
  • Housing
  • Care-giving
  • Everyday decisions
  • Access to nursing care
  • Financial decisions
  • Inheritances
  • Asset sales
  • Family favoritism
  • Sibling rivalries
  • Generational grievances
  • Health care decisions
  • Competency questions
  • Counseling and therapy issues
  • Emergency planning
  • Powers of attorney issues
  • Life and end-of-life decisions
  • Assisted living options
  • Home care treatments