Laurie Israel

A Cautionary Tale — How Not To Prepare For Aging

July 18, 2011 by  
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 What follows is a composite of a story (really a family tragedy) that occurs again and again as people age.  It has to do with aging parents, the onset of dementia, and insufficient preparation for the future.

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Laurie Israel

How Mediation Can Help an Elder

February 14, 2011 by  
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Mediation, a form of out-of-court dispute resolution, is very much in the news these days.

Everyone’s heard about divorce mediation, and maybe you have a friend or family member who has used it for his or her divorce.  A new field of mediation, marital mediation, is now emerging.  In marital mediation, a mediator helps a couple who wants to stay married resolve their conflicts.  It is an alternative to marital counseling, and sometimes it works when marital counseling does not.

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Laurie Israel

Elder Competency – When Can You Make Your Own Decisions?

November 8, 2010 by  
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As we and our loved ones grow older, we start seeing and experiencing situations of decline – physical and mental.  Yes, the decline is accompanied with the peace of mind and contentment that comes from years of experience.  But the physical problems every older person has needs to be dealt with on an ongoing basis.

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