“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.
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)