Dinner Discourse: "Difficult Conversations: Managing Family Conversations about Issues Affecting Aging Parents"

Dinner Discourse programs feature presentations by prominent speakers on timely topics in a dinner talk that include table conversations and opportunities for questions and answers.  Enjoy a good dinner and join in conversation and discussion.

Event SpeakersJohn Lundblad and Janeen Massaros are experienced mediators in the family and elder mediation fields, who have formed Midwest Senior Solutions to assist family members in preserving important relationships and resolving conflict in a respectful, safe forum.  John M. Lundblad, J.D., has worked with senior adults for over 30 years as a member and chair of boards of directors/trustees in city, regional and national not for profit health care hospitals and retirement organizations.  In addition to mediating disputes involving health care providers, he presents mediation and communication skills training courses to organization management and staff.  Janeen Massaros, J.D., brings her experience and insights as a mediator, facilitator, and professional trainer to her work in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  Ms. Massaros has assisted family members to hear and understand each other’s concerns regarding decisions about dissolution, children, finances, and issues related to the well-being of aging family members.

Event Details:  Thursday, April 18, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Anderson Student Center, Woulfe-North (3rd Floor), UST St. Paul Campus

Event Description:  As elder parents live longer, adult children are taking a more active role in decision-making and care for their parents. Adult children increasingly find themselves making difficult, emotional decisions about care of elderly or incapacitated parents, often without the support of siblings or parents themselves.  You may feel caught in the middle of your children and your parents and often emotionally drained – this may result in fueling the conflict and ruin the important relationships in our lives.  This session will provide tips for successful family discussion, and examine the role that elder mediation might play to provide a durable, satisfactory resolution of issues.  Mediation provides a safe, respectful forum that allows time for each person to be heard and have their concerns addressed.

Event Cost:  $29.00 per person; if you require a vegetarian meal, and are registering on-line, please opt for this in your meal preference.  If you are registering by mail, please include a note with your registration form with this request.  (Registration for this event closes on April 11, 2013, and payment must be at the Center by this date.)

To register on-line with a credit card, click on this linkhttps://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A5786

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration formSpring 2013 Registration Form

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