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Elder Mediation


How we can help


When your family faces decisions about age related issues, it can seem difficult to communicate and make decisions together given the many different perspectives and emotions involved. Elder Mediation provides a process for families to make decisions in a way that can both prepare for the future and preserve relationships. 


Our Mediators are professionals familiar with the ageing process and all the issues involved. We facilitate family discussions and ensure that the rights and wishes of the older person are respected.  Difficult topics can be addressed in a safe and constructive process.


What are specific types of situations in which mediation can be helpful?


Each family has specific needs but the issues commonly addressed in elder mediation include:

 The level of care that may be needed for a loved one

 Living arrangements/ Nursing Home decisions

 Care giving roles and responsibilities

 Conflicting perceptions, interpretations and values

 Finances and bill paying

 Personal property distribution

 Inheritance

 Driving and transportation

 Medical and end-of-life decisions


Elder Mediation works because Mediators:



A lot of families find it difficult to initiate and have such discussions on their own.  With the best will in the world, often families fall into familiar roles when difficult decisions have to be made; one member may dominate discussions and others might have difficulty being heard - that’s where Later Life Mediation can help.  Our role is to facilitate a conversation where all voices are heard in order to obtain the best possible outcome for all concerned. 


What happens when I contact Later Life Mediation?


Every mediation is different but there is a general pattern:


What participants say


Here are some quotations from people who have used this type of service


‘Talking makes help and support more likely to happen.  It also makes the family understand what day-to-day living is like’


‘We had a situation that was full of opposing views and opinions.  We all care about each other in our family, but things have a way of getting too personal.  We needed someone to help us move forward’


‘Why in the name of God did it take so long to hear about this type of mediation?’