Advanced Directives

Advanced Directives, or Health Care Directives and Durable Power of Attorney. At Family Conversations we believe having your own directives can be helpful to older adults and even their adult children. These are different forms that are necessary to assure people that...

Disabilities and Aging

I remember many years ago, before Family Conversations, attending a Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference and being shocked by one of the keynote speakers. The speaker made a statement connecting aging issues and disability issues. It wasn’t what he was...

“My Peace of Mind Book”

Coming to terms with our mortality may be difficult; thinking about it isn’t much easier. Many of the families we work with at Family Conversations, share something in common. For some of the older adults, and even some of the adult children, even thinking about...

Coming To Terms With Our Mortality

Woody Allen once said, “I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Is this the way you feel about life and death? Especially the death part? While it’s not always expressed, the families we work with at Family...

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

At Family Conversations we’ve worked with many families who are raising their grandchildren. This wasn’t something in their plans. While this phenomenon is nothing new, the numbers of children being raised by older adults continue to rise. From research by...

Caregiving

Care giving: The care givers and care receivers Often family issues around older adults, who need more help, have to do with care-giving and their caregivers. What is often brought up in anger, and rarely addressed in a positive way, is what care receivers can do to...

Listening

Listening: Helping parents and adult children work better, together During the 1980s and 1990s, before deciding to create Family Conversations™, I used to mediate sessions with adults, teens and children. While thinking about the skills and techniques I used during...

My Background and Experience

Facilitating my own Family Conversation. When the adventure first began, with my dad’s death in 2006, I had been planning, organizing, mediating and facilitating family meetings for other people, for more than 20 years. Within days I realized our family needed our own...

Making It Personal: Part 2

Making it personal – Holding a family meeting for my mom: Part 2 I talked with our mom. She explained to me that she couldn’t take the noise and tumult her five, and seven-year-old, great grandchildren would produce every day; and she didn’t want to restrict them. She...

Making It Personal: Part 1

Making it personal – Holding a family meeting for my mom. Here’s how it happened to me and my family.  It was 2006 when my dad died, one week before his 88th birthday. He left mom alone – except for me and my wife, my son and his family, who live near us, and my son’s...