Midlife siblings can often get into big dust- ups over inheritance or who Mom Loved Best. Elder mediation is a growing field that many geriatric care managers have embraced. Featured in the New York Times yesterday, this profession is covered by Dana Curtis JD , in the new edition of the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management .
Curtis however warns that Aging Life or geriatric care managers are ” accidental mediators” who encounter warring sisters, exploding families in their work all involving money, inheritance, caregiver burnout who” mom loved best “ to do a professional skills check. . If a geriatric does not have the mediation training, like GCM Bunni Dybnis , the aging life or GCM should find skilled elder mediator in their own continuum of care (community) and partner with them.
Excellent article in the New York Times today about long distance care providers showing top 10% ( who can afford care manager’s ) do live long distance. But lower 90% of the economy live very close – average of 18 miles from Mom just to get the elder and child care they can afford – from family.
On the holidays ,when families gather, give an elder a critical gift. If family lives long distance, create an elder emergency plan. Contact your local Red Cross for an emergency kit and make a plan for your older relative , following their directions.Gather the support network they suggest and this will make the perfect present for an aging long distance relative.