On Sept 23rd, join Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario and International Advanced Elder Mediator, Julie Gill, as they discuss the realities and unique challenges of mediating issues related to older adults.
Elder Mediation, unlike other types of mediation, is not all about process and expected results. It’s about family (history, dynamics, personalities) and relationships (quality, repairing, respecting). Regardless of the outcome, the process must ensure dignity is maintained, voices are heard, and the family is assisted in moving in a forward direction.
With a focus on respecting the rights of the older adult, there are complexities in elder mediation that don’t exist in other types of mediation. Multiple parties, multiple generations, and multiple issues require elder mediators to screen for multiple risks factors not the least of which include family violence, abuse, and power imbalances while having heightened sensitivities to ageism, grief, loss, capacity, and consent.
We know that Elder Mediation is generally used reactively when there is a problem. In reality, it should be used proactively to promote wellness, for risk prevention and to enhance quality of life.