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272 South Los Robles Avenue #203, Pasadena, CA 91101

Georgia Daniels, J.D., Mediator in Pasadena

Elder Mediation as Music-Making

Elder mediation focuses on communication and problem-solving within a family or circle of friends who are concerned about the well-being of an elder.  Conflicts may arise between generations, such as between aging parents and their children, or between adult siblings if they slip back into their childhood roles and conflicts.

Typical issues may include parents’ driving habits, whether more in-home care or assisted living is needed, or which sibling is responsible for what aspects of the parent’s care. Mediation can also address more complex issues such as estate planning and inheritance concerns, family business succession, and health care choices.

Usually, the elder’s adult children or friends are quite clear that “something needs to be done” but how this “something” can be accomplished is less clear and can generate heated disagreement among those concerned.  Family members who are locked in ongoing conflicts may be unaware of elder mediation and its benefits. In addition, the spouse of the elder may be committed to maintaining the appearance that nothing is wrong.

The mediator is like an impartial musical conductor who sets up conversations, outlines some options, encourages creativity, and cues the participants when it is time to chime in.  The elder’s voice carries the melody.  Other parties support the melody by exploring options and adapting possibilities to fit their situation.  Together, everyone arrives at a final chord: a plan that describes what best meets the elder’s needs and satisfies concerned family and friends.

As Way Opens — Change and continuity in Elder Mediation

ELDER MEDIATION –  Aging parents and their changing needs can trigger all kinds of conflict among adult siblings.  Mediation is forward-looking:  what does Mom need now?  Next year?

What happens when an adult sibling is sandwiched between care-giving responsibilities:  on one side, to an aging parent, and on the other, to a minor child?

Mediation is uniquely helpful in these situations.  Mediation is different from therapy: elder / adult family mediation is usually time-limited to a few sessions.  Keeping it simple is good.  Call 626-441-1900 for information.

This vista of rooms opening off rooms in a straight line into the distance (the future?) is from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, a national historic site and world heritage treasure.

What about mom?

“What About Mom?” is an interactive presentation about mediation that is free, fun and informative, including audience participation, a Reader’s Theater scenario for elder mediation, reflection, and discussion. Topics include marital mediation (mediation to stay married) and divorce mediation. “What About Mom?” runs about 45-50 minutes, and is available to churches and service groups. To schedule a time for your group, please call me (Georgia) at 626-441-1900.

Georgia Daniels, J.D., Mediator | 272 S Los Robles Avenue #203, Pasadena, CA 91101 | 626-441-1900

Los Angeles Mediator and Pasadena Mediator disclaimer: The California divorce mediation, estate planning mediation, family business mediation, or other family mediation information presented in this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a mediator/client relationship. Please contact a Pasadena Mediator for a consultation on your particular situation.