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Transforming Difficult Decision Making in Elder Care Planning

LouisePhippsSenftPicFamilies today are assuming responsibility for the informal care of over 75 percent of elderly family members and are often faced with difficult decisions from a bewildering array of choices:? e.g. estate planning, financial issues, and guardianship.? In the best of circumstances, this can be a stressful process and sometimes leads to disagreements, confusion, and conflict at a time when the best intentions of the family are to work together for the needs of a loved and respected aging family member. With the help of a trained professional mediator, family members share information and perspectives, explore and evaluate options, and develop workable solutions through a process that promotes open and positive communication.? The mediator is a neutral, who does not offer advice and believes that each family is unique and knows best what solutions will work for their family as a whole.? For families in conflict or simply wanting help through a transition elder care mediation offers a process which can reduce stress and prevent a crisis.

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“Come as You Are” – The Mediation Experience


In our show “Come As You Are The Mediation Experience” I will be speaking with Louise Phipps Senft about the mediation experience. If you are considering mediation, what should you be asking your potential mediator and what can you do to prepare for a meaningful dialogue? We will also look at what a mediator  is actually doing in the mediation, and how their own worldview impacts how they work with disputants. This is important to understand especially when you are looking to work with a mediator.  You will also hear mediation stories that have inspired and transformed the conflict between people.

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