I just attended my 50th high school reunion in Atlantic City New Jersey and am leaving for New York to speak at Senior Source.
If you want to learn more about midlife sibling in both the “nearly normal and the dysfunctional aging family join me on tomorrow October 3rd. in New York on to speak at Senior Source a geriatric care management component of Self Help, a renown 75 year old New York Based program dedicated to Holocaust survivors seeking refuge in America, with a distinguished 75 year history, dedicated to enabling the elderly and other at-risk populations to live in their own homes, independently and with dignity.
The Senior Source Salon will be held from 6 PM to 8 PM October 3rd and I will speak about negotiating midlife sibling issues in both the “nearly normal and dysfunctional aging family. The talk will cover the challenges of negotiating and mediating with estranged siblings regarding their parents or loved ones finances, assets, estates and guardianship.
My presentation will address sibling family dynamics in midlife and steps to achieve forgiveness among siblings so a midlife family of siblings can join as a sibling family team to care for an elderly parent. This is based on my book Mom Loves You Best Forging and Forging Sibling Relationships, New Horizon Press,
Special needs siblings have services available from childhood to old age.
When in a young family, includes siblings who have special needs that child must be surrounded by brothers and sisters who support and understand those special needs.
The sibling with special needs is often the favorite in the family, due the parent’s worry and greater need to care for that sibling.
As siblings with special needs grow older, anticipating the parent’s death and the now middle-aged sibling’s future care, something called special needs trust can be established. This can help the other midlife siblings render the care the parent once gave. Geriatric Care Manager’s are often involved with the care of the special needs sibling.
Parent care technology hits sci-fi and aging is one giant wallop in the new film, 2012 Sundance winner, Robot and Frank . Veteran stage and screen actor and three time Tony winner, Frank Langella is 74.In a recent NPR interview he told Dave Davies, subbing for NPR’s top gun interviewer, Terry Gross, he only agreed to do the film with one condition.
Seventy four year old Langella wanted to bring his own perspective on aging- in the here and now- into the script. He was able to talk the young director Jake Schreyer and young writer Christopher D Ford into shaping the script to include a budding late life romance with Susan Sarandon and the real losses of the elderly. One aging decrement brought into the film is Langella’s character Frank has early Alzheimer’s and his adult son ,supported by his world traveling absent sister-sibling Madison, brings the robot to be what is called, in the film promo, a mechanical butler. In real aging, we call it telecare.
The film is set in the near future but reflects the real present, as the Robot could be a any form of parent care technology called telecare systems . Telecare ,well defined in Julie Menack’s chapter, Technologies That Support Aging In Place, in Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 3rd edition ,Jones and Bartlett.
The thing is, the Robot is in the present not in the future and the movie is a comical yet philosophical take on the ethical side of aging technology. The midlife siblings concerned about their Dad, think they do the right thing. Frank is a cat burglar and teaches the Robot to help in his heists , renewing his life.
So Robot and Frank is well worth seeing for anyone including baby boomers, the old/old and aging professionals,like geriatric care managers plus maybe any aging cat burglars who need new tricks .