ELDER  MEDIATION: A New Solution to an Age Old Problem

Illustration: Seniors in the park

Is your family in conflict over decisions concerning your aging parents?

Conflicts, difficulties, and indecision often arise between elder adults and their children, or among the adult children caring for elderly parents.  It is frequently difficult for the family to reach agreement on many decisions concerning aging parental care issues.  ELDER MEDIATION provides a comfortable, safe and neutral setting for discussion and agreement.  Elder Mediators can guide the family discussions to help all the parties involved plan for how best to deal with the many issues that may exist or arise, including:

  • Health & medical care decisions
  • Caregiving 
  • Financial decisions & management
  • Living arrangements
  • Communication issues
  • Decision-making
  • Personal and household care & maintenance
  • Safety and autonomy
  • Family relationships
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Needs of every family member
  • End of life decisions
  • Estate planning

Many families find it difficult to solve, or even address, elder care issues on their own.  Too often, the family ignores the situation as solutions seem impossible.  ELDER MEDIATION (also known as "Elder Care Mediation") provides the assistance and structure for successful resolutions to difficult family situations.  Through this process, both the adult children and the aging parent can voice their feelings and concerns.  Then, the family can focus on problem-solving and working together to develop strategies to address those needs and concerns.  Any decisions reached must be agreeable to all involved, which means they can become acceptable and long-lasting solutions. 

An Elder Mediator:

  • is neutral in all discussions and decision-making
  • is trained in the resolution of eldercare issues
  • helps the family establish a framework for effective communication
  • listens closely and helps the family identify and clarify issues
  • allows every family member to be heard
  • does not "take sides"
  • promotes the family relationships
  • helps the family create their own long-term agreements


  • is confidential and cooperative.  Taking elder care issues to Court is not. 
  • can decrease stress associated with eldercare decisions. 
  • supports collaboration among all involved in eldercare decisions - family, caregivers & others.
  • is a cost-effective alternative to litigation.
  • improves understanding between older adults and the people involved in their care.
  • preserves family relationships.

If you are interested in elder mediation services, ask your mediator about their training and experience in this specialized practice. Mark has trained in Elder Mediation in Boca Raton, Florida, and in Advanced Elder Mediation in Houston, Texas.  He has conducted many successful elder mediation sessions. 

ALWAYS ASK YOUR MEDIATOR IF THEY HAVE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE IN ELDERCARE CASES!  It is one of the most difficult types of dispute to assist towards resolution.  

Helping older adults, their families and care providers communicate effectively.....

 MARK MYERS is a Qualified Civil Mediator and a Qualified Child Custody/Visitation/Support Mediator under Louisiana law, who studied ELDER MEDIATION with the Mediation Training Group in Boca Raton, Florida  He is listed in the Louisiana Mediator Registry and is a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.  Mark is experienced at mediating a variety of legal disputes and can explain the many advantages of ELDER MEDIATION in your particular family situation. RESOLUTIONS has offices in Slidell, Metairie, Harvey and New Orleans, Louisiana.   Mark can be reached at 985.768.9015 (New Orleans Telephone 504.564.7014)  or by email at myers24ma@aol.com

MEDIATION SERVICES are provided at the rate of $240.00 per hour.  No retainer is required.  Depending on the circumstances of each case, an additional administrative fee may apply.  Mediation fees are available on a sliding scale based on income (verification required).