This can prompt midlife and aging professionals to suggest a family meeting. If midlife family caregivers , usually middle aged siblings, are having a tough time sharing tasks, a family meeting is an opportunity where professionals can coach family members to divide tasks and delegate responsibilities so no one person is doing it all.
A family meeting to work on forgiveness techniques http://www.amazon.com/Mom-Loves-You-Best-Relationships/dp/0882823213 may have to be held pre this meeting, if midlife siblings are estranged and cannot work as a team .
Family meetings are an excellent way to help families plan for an older person’s disabilities, manage incapacity, or solve a crisis with an older person, including decisions such as whether a person be put on life support or move out of his or her home of many years because upkeep is a problem.
They are a great way to do general problem solving with a family. It is inevitable that when you arrange a family meeting in which hard decisions must be made ,that adult children revert back to their childhood personas and dredge up old hurts and angers ,while trying to solving here-and-now problems. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NkQdNMZvSY
Who Should Moderate a Family Meeting?
A seasoned counselor can moderate the meeting if she or he has skills and experience in mediation. Five years of experience with dysfunctional families is a good benchmark to assess whether you can mediate a family meeting with a midlife or aging family in crisis. If you are licensed clinical social worker with a background in aging or mediation and experience with dysfunctional families you are the perfect professional.
Why? Family meetings with midlife siblings - can be a brutal tug-of-war.