Communication can be difficult I recently had the pleasure of interviewing an old friend (video post coming soon!), Jill McPherson. We talked about the assumptions we all make all day, every day, that have the potential to lead to miscommunication or conflict with those around us. After we finished
In our every day conversations we ask others a lot of “closed” questions. Closed questions are ones that only require a “yes” or “no” answer. Yes or no really doesn’t give us much information and we’re often missing out on crucial pieces of info that could help us to resolve something.
Elder Mediation is a process that people are becoming more and more aware of as a valuable and effective way to resolve conflict that can arise in families as parents age. Unfortunately, what is often missed is that Elder Mediation can be used to prevent conflict. Lawyers, professionals and families often do not understand this preventative aspect of Elder Mediation.
As parents age deeply entrenched family dynamics can come to the forefront. It is not uncommon for this to be a time for many families where there is tension and conflict between parents and their adult children and also amongst the siblings.