Elder mediation involves age-related issues such as health care planning and medical decisions; the family business; driving; living and care-giving arrangements; financial matters such as estate planning and power of attorney; end of life decisions; relationship issues (including the relations among adult children, or an elder’s siblings). Mediation, with its private and informal format is well suited to handle these types of conversations.
Often when parents are aging, strong feelings surface about the “right” way to handle the many issues that confront the family. Often there is no clear legal issue, and yet anxiety and anger persists. Trained elder mediation specialists can help family members, friends and caregivers work together to reach lasting agreements that free them to enjoy each other going forward.