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each situation. The goal of the mediation is to plan for the present and the future, rather than to revisit the past, although elder mediators also help families recognize and move through earlier patterns that may affect current conflict. Elder mediation provides opportunities for families (often, adult siblings) to address issues of denial, imbalanced responsibilities and finger pointing. Apologies and forgiveness may play a role in the process.

Elder mediation usually is significantly less expensive than litigation. Particularly helpful in situations that are not (yet) litigious, mediation can save countless hours and of family discord.

One advantage of elder mediation is that the discussions are all confidential – the mediation becomes a “safe place” for difficult conversations.

Elder mediation is appropriate for:

  • Residency decisions – moving to an Assisted Living Facility, remaining home with companion care, remaining home with a child as live-in caregiver, moving in with a relative, moving to a city closer to a relative
  • Caregiving duties – division of labor, caregiver burnout, suggestions made by someone other than the hands-on caregiver, financial expectations regarding caregiving activities
  • Financial concerns – division or sale of farms, family-owned businesses or property
  • Decision-Making Issues – guardianship/conservator contests or power of attorney
  • End-of-Life Decisions – advanced directives, living wills, organ donation preference, funeral preplanning, Personal representative/Executor differences
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates Conflicts – planning, distribution of assets, & resolution of family disputes)
  • Driving and other Safety Concerns – driving, testing, transportation to medical appointments, friends, social events & church)

What is Elder Mediation?

Elder mediation benefits families who are unable to engage constructively in difficult conversations on behalf of aging loved ones. It is a process where two or more parties meet with an impartial mediator (or co-mediators) to resolve differences. Rather than imposing any decisions, the mediator guides the parties, using techniques that foster effective communication. The mediator serves as a process expert for 


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