Speak and be heard; Hear and understand; Move beyond conflict.
Aging is a Family Affair-- every family faces challenges, and comes with a unique history that influences choices about how to "age well." When people don't agree on what the best course of action is, the voices of individuals can get lost in the turmoil. Frustration overwhelms the best intentions.
Families in conflict seek alternatives and resources, and demand professional service that meets many diverse needs so that good decisions become possible again.
Some families just wonder "why is this so hard?" when it comes to having productive and open conversations about the choices aging brings.
Mediation helps create the best possible solutions, especially when families struggle to make decisions in the face of challenges of aging:
A trained mediator who works with the family, attorneys and other essential helping professionals can expand families' awareness of their options at a critical time. It can also resolve ongoing court matters in litigation.
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, assists families and professionals who work with them by mediating age-related conflicts or probate matters, helping families make decisions in a voluntary, collaborative, respectful process. Her practice is statewide throughout Wisconsin. She teaches Elder Mediation for professionals, is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution's Section on Elder Decision Making and Conflict Resolution, the American Bar Association, the Wisconsin State Bar, and the Wisconsin Association of Mediators. She is also a past Fulbright Scholar, and practiced law at Associated Trust Company, Foley and Lardner, and Stephen M. Fisher & Associates of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in estate planning, probate, trust, and tax.
Elder Care: What it Means
See the rest of the videos in the series here :
AARP's September, 20, 2010 Bulletin has the full story,
In April of 2009, elder mediator Rikk Larsen was interviewed by Joseph Shapiro on NPR about this practice area. Click here to read the article and listen to the story.