Tag Archives: aging parents

Pre-planning is the Key to Avoiding Disputes

Fact: People are living longer. Fact: The rapidly growing population of adults aged 65 and older is outpacing our current health care system’s capacity to care for them. The impact of the two above facts has put more demand on families (ie: adult children) to manage and often care for their aging parents. Hopefully, our…
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What Elder Care Mediation Can Do For You…

Each time we guest speak or share with anyone about what elder care mediations can do the response is, “AHA! I know a family that….or I haven’t spoken to my sister in…. or my brother is only in it for my parent’s money…. or I wish I knew you existed a few years ago; then…
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Aging & Driving – What to do?

When my dad’s driving began to concern me I was unsure as to how to tell him. I knew he would grow defensive as he proclaimed before that not being able to drive threatened his sense of independence. Slowly, I became more reticent about allowing him to drive with my children as passengers and he…
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Even the Courts Recognize the Benefits of Elder Care Mediation

Wouldn’t it be great if families never argued? If siblings never felt slighted? If aging parents’ needs were clear cut and simple to execute? Of course! Yet sometimes these sorts of issues come into play as we all age. Fortunately, the world is beginning to see an alternative to the trials and arguments that ensue…
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The Difficult Issue of Elder Drivers

Telling one’s aging parent that it may be time for them to relinquish the car keys can be one of the most difficult parts of having an aging family member. Yet, if you are having any doubts as to their competencies behind the wheel, this could be one of the most important decisions you and…
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Mediating Family Dynamics

There are various ways elder care mediations can be of use to families, but one that is rather common came to us recently that seemed to ring a bell for many other families we know. The outcome was positive for all involved, so we thought we would share. (The names have been changed to protect…
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Happy Holidays with Aging Parents

Generally, parents and grandparents are part of our holiday celebrations and while you may have developed some beautiful traditions that include them, as parents get older, adult children have to take a step back on occasion and decide whether certain rituals need to be altered. This does not mean that including aging parents in festivities…
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Preparing for Elder Care Mediation

Making the decision to bring in a neutral outside party to settle family disputes can be the best decision a family makes in regard to the care of an aging family member. Allowing conflict to linger can sever ties, spoil relationships and often leaves the elder without the care they require. Preparing for family mediation…
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As We Watch Our Parents Age

As we watch our parents age, our own maturity begins to become more real. It can be difficult to envision ourselves, or our parents for that matter, in the advanced stages of life. It is more pleasant to picture the young and robust version of our parents and ourselves. On the outside, our bodies may…
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Having Critical Conversations with Aging Parents

No one wants to think about getting older and what it can mean for them or their family members, but it is a reality for all of us. How many people actually voice how they intend to live the final stages of their lives? It is important for adult children to take the time to…
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