Difficult Conversations: Addressing Issues Affecting Aging Parents

Event Description:  In this free session, you will receive tips for successful family discussion and examine the role that elder mediation might play to provide a durable, satisfactory resolution of issues.  The speakers noted that 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.  Mediation provides a safe, respectful forum that allows time for each person to be heard and have their concerns addressed.

Cost is free, but registration is requested to assure there is an information packet available for each attendee.

Event Details:  Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Anderson Student Center, Woulfe-North (3rd Floor), UST St. Paul Campus

To register on-line, click on this link:  https://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A7936

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration form to download, print and mail in with your payment: Spring 2014 Registration Form

Event Speakers:  John 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.

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