Managing Family Conflict during the Holidays

December 12, 2021
Hosted by Nancy Oriola, LCSW, CMC, NMG, CFP

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Episode Description

Many of us are gathering during the holidays for the first time in two years. The stress of the season and such gatherings may be exacerbated when the changing needs and challenges of elder care is put into the equation. It is common for family members to have differing views on an aging loved one’s status, care needs and future planning decisions. The stress of elder care can bring up old conflicts and begin to fracture even the best of families The issues and interactions may find their way io your holiday meal. My guest, Anne deLain Clark, is an interpersonal communication expert and transformative mediator. Anne and I will discuss ways to use conscious communication to mitigate conflict…allowing for productive interactions, planning and conversation. Her experience mediating with families struggling with concerns related to an aging loved one’s needs can improve your family’s ability to offer your loved one the best care and decisions possible.

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When families or friends are concerned about or trying to assist an aging loved one, they enter a world with a language of its own. Navigating the healthcare, legal, financial, medical and day-to-day care needs of a senior needing assistance is a significant task. Understanding that world and its language reduces stress and ensures that those we love live their best life, regardless of the current circumstance. We share the most accurate and up to date information available for those caring for loved ones. We talk with experts in the various disciplines related to aging such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, neuropsychologists, dementia behavior experts, home care and facility owners/managers, and Aging Life professionals. I also talk with authors of books about the experience of aging and caregiving, as well as those developing new technologies and experts in assisting families with the conflict that often arises under the stress of caring.

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Nancy Oriola, LCSW, CMC, NMG, CFP

I am a boomer in a sibling group of five who recently lost her second parent after a difficult illness at age 85. For more than 30 years I have advised others about the topics we will be addressing. I began my professional life as a Certified Financial Planner (1988) and worked for ten years as a financial advisor, focusing in the area of retirement. Following that I obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work and completed the work necessary to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After working in a not-for-profit setting for a few years, in 2001 I started my own private elder care management and fiduciary company; managing both health care and finances for seniors.

I have worked with seniors and their families under court appointed guardianships and conservatorships, powers of attorney for both health and finances, as well as conducting assessments and consultations with families. I continue to develop and offer services to older adults, disabled adults and families through my fiduciary company called Decades, a health care management company called Aging Life, LLC and my most recent venture, Aging Life Network, Inc.

My goal with Aging Life Network is to offer the information described above and more importantly, to provide affordable access to live Aging Life Professionals, who through HIPAA compliant video conferencing and phone calls will speak with individuals and families about their unique situation, providing practical guidance and advice.

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