Families with Aging Parents: Reducing Family Conflict Just Got Easier

Caring for Ourselves and Others:
Navigating Difficult Family Conversations and Working Together as our Parents Age

This presentation will provide adult families an opportunity to learn the basics for how to conduct a successful family meeting in order to address challenges and disputes as parents get older. Challenges include:

  • Eldercare 
  • Safety concerns, e.g. driving
  • Finances, e.g. inheritance
  • Adult sibling disagreements

Participants will learn practical strategies in order to more effectively communicate their needs and interests, while also listening to understand other people as well (out of self interest!). 

Participants will learn:

  • Questions to ask, which are proven to increase understanding
  • To identify barriers to productive conversation and how to overcome them 
  • About resources, to support informed decision-making
  • How to include an Elder’s voice, if they cannot or do not want to fully participate

The first hour will be Nicole’s presentation; the second hour will be conversation and a chance to ask questions about your personal situation if you wish.

RSVP to Rebecca@bethjacobrwc.org for Zoom link.


Nicole Lance is a Family and Elder Mediator, having completed the coursework and training recommended by the Association of Conflict Resolution (“ACR”), widely recognized as the nation’s premier professional elder mediation association. She is also a certified Senior Advisor, knowledgeable across a broad spectrum of topics relevant to aging adults. Before becoming a Family and Elder Mediator and Senior Advisor, Nicole practiced business law, including mediation, for 15 years. 

In addition to her Family and Elder Mediation practice, Nicole currently chairs an ACR task force, which is exploring a joint venture with Stanford University’s Center on Advanced Decision Making in Aging to study the benefits of elder mediation in helping address the needs of adult families.