Elder Mediation CPD Session
Arabella Tresillian kindly gave permission to repost her wonderful description of the webinar by Margaret Doyle on 15 May 2023.
Margaret Doyle gave a fascinating seminar on this emerging field. Here are some takeaways and thoughts from me following the seminar:
- Margaret Doyle (a highly-experienced practitioner, researcher and author in the area of public law disputes about social care) is one of only 4 mediators in the UK accredited by the Elder Mediation International Network.
- Elder Mediation can be used for in respect of both minor and major decisions/disputes affecting an older person - health and social care; consumer matters; housing; family/intergenerational disagreements; inheritance disputes; finances
- Elder Mediators benefit from specialist training eg in safeguarding, elder abuse, LPAs
- 'What is old?' - our society has no clear definition, ranging from 55+ to 83+
- The WHO's global report on Ageism (18Mar21) found that 1 in 2 people hold ageist attitudes - and that ageism is widespread and pernicious
- 'Vulnerability', as defined by Elder Mediation, is complex: relative, relational, non-static, a social factor rather than a medical condition..
- Mediation, being flexible, can provide a particularly accessible forum for participation in decision-making
- A person may be deemed to lack capacity to make certain decisions, but that shouldn't be confused with any idea that they therefore lack capacity to participate in decision-making processes.
Those are just a few of the highlights of the talk for me. (Any errors are mine; and any insights are Margaret's!)
Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your expertise, and for raising awareness of this important and promising area of mediation.