“Elder Mediation” is a co-operative process in which a professionally trained elder mediator assists an older person and their families to discuss important topics, work through issues in order to make decisions and reach agreements which have a particular impact on older adults.
Elder mediation is a focused, preventative, respectful process usually involving multiple parties, multiple issues and inter-generational in nature.
The mediator facilitates the discussions focusing on strengths and empowerment and assists the participants to both listen and be heard in a safe and respectful manner in order to address their stated wishes and concerns.
Chris Pitts is a trained elder mediator and a member of EMAN
Where may Elder Mediation be Useful?
Elder Mediation may be used to address conflict and disputes in the following areas:
Inter-generational conflicts and family dynamics
Family businesses issues
Aged care (preparation/transition/during)
Immediate family members and/or extended family
Misuse and abuse of power (financial, assets)
Grand parenting issues
New marriages and step-relative issues
Driving and safety issues
Housing issues and living arrangements
Legal issues (estate, inheritance, living will, enduring powers)