Ageing in the Family Workshop
Later Life Mediation assists families in dealing with the challenges related to ageing
through mediation and coaching. Our experience of facilitating conversations in families
over the last two years has inspired us to facilitate this Workshop which enables
participants to understand and deal proactively with the challenges associated with
ageing in the family.
10.00am to 4.00pm
Registration from 9.30am, tea and coffee provided
The Sandwich Generation; challenges of changing circumstances in the family
Ageing Parents/Loved Ones – issues and tips
Handling communication with siblings and parents effectively
Lunch is not provided. Participants are free to bring a light lunch. Tea, coffee
and biscuits will be provided.
Adult children of ageing parents; understanding the emotional journey and keeping
potentially harmful emotional responses at bay
Understanding and managing family dynamics around major decisions and the organising
and giving of support/care for parents
The Workshop will consist of input from Facilitators, small group work, a private
reflection activity, DVD extracts and large group discussions.
What will I have gained by the end of the Workshop?
An understanding of the family dynamics and communication issues which can arise
and how best to handle these
An insight into the emotional journey involved in the ageing process and the management
of potentially harmful emotions
A plan for next steps towards making key decisions in your family
Helen Harnett is an internationally-accredited Elder Mediator (Elder Mediation International
Network) experienced in working with older people and their families. An MII accredited
Mediator since 2005, she provides Conflict Resolution services to a wide range of
organisations. She is a Certified Conflict Coach and an experienced trainer. She
lectures in Intercultural Communication in DCU.
Brian O’Neill helps families to deal with some of the difficult issues that arise
as we get older. A delegate at the 2011 and 2012 World Summits on Elder Mediation
in Bern and Glasgow, Brian is highly committed to the ongoing development of Elder
Mediation in Ireland. He is an internationally-accredited Elder Mediator (Elder
Mediation International Network).