What is Elder Mediation?

Helpful, timely information about elder mediation.

Mediation and Collaborative Action Group

Originally published in Long Island Woman magazine

Elder mediation recognizes the voice of older and disabled adults in the decisions that
impact their quality of life. Because most major life changes involve the whole family,
decision-making rarely involves just one issue. Mediation provides an opportunity for
families to come together to discuss these issues in an open and supportive environment
that fosters creative solutions that are best suited for them.

As baby boomers age and government resources diminish, families will face many difficult
choices concerning how they handle transitions during their elders’ declining years. Families
will have to be able to evaluate resources and options and develop ever changing strategies
to support their elders. This will require communication and problem solving skills that will
need to be increasingly sophisticated. Elder mediation is a first step for families to help them
address their changing needs. It gives them a forum to…

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