Elder Decisions®
Lead Trainers

Arline Kardasis
Crystal Thorpe



Guest Experts Have Included

Rebecca Benson
Jeffrey Bloom
Harry Margolis
Elder Law Attorneys
Margolis & Bloom

Steven M. Cohen
Elder Law Attorney
Pabian & Russell, LLC 

William J. Brisk
Elder Law Attorney
Law Office of William J. Brisk


Emily B. Saltz, LICSW
Founder and CEO
LifeCare Advocates


Kate Granigan, LICSW
Chief Operating Officer
LifeCare Advocates

Jennifer Pilcher Warren
Ph.D., CMC
Senior Executive Director 


Dianne Savastano
BS in Nursing, MBA
Principal of Healthassist

Suzanne Modigliani
Geriatric Care Manager

Susan Lewin
Geriatric Care Manager
Generations, All About Elders

Audrey Zabin
Geriatric Care Manager
AZA Care Management and Home Care

Hon. John Maher (ret.)
Former Admin. Judge
NH Probate Courts

Register Below

 Elder / Adult Family Mediation Training
A Program for Mediators Interested in Serving Elders/Adult Families

The program originally scheduled for April 28-30, 2020
has been postponed in response to COVID-19.  

To be notified of new dates, please complete the form below,  
or join our email list via the form at the left of this page.


8:30 AM – 5:30 PM on days 1 - 2,
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM on day 3

Approved under Part 146 by the NY State Unified Court System’s
Office of ADR Programs for Additional Mediation Training*

Vermont CLEs** are available

Social Work CEUs are available***

About the Training

This program teaches mediators specialized skills and techniques for working with seniors and adult families facing issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, driving, family communication, medical decisions, Powers of Attorney / Health Care Proxies / Guardianship / Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, will contests, family real estate, and personal property distribution.  Topics include:

Elder Mediation

  • Presenting Issues
  • Common Hurdles
  • New Strategies for Intake and Convening
  • Working with Large, Dispersed Family Groups
  • Managing Multiple Stakeholders and Multiple Issues
  • Including the "Voice" of the Elder
  • Ethical Concerns
  • Marketing / Getting the Word Out

Challenges of Aging

  • Mental & Physical Effects of Aging
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Coping with Loss
  • Caregiving and Aging Families
  • Long Term Care Options for Elders

Legal Planning

  • Planning for Financial Management
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Long-Term Care Costs, and Options for Paying for Care
  • Asset Protection
  • Guardianship and Alternatives


  • Small Group Exercises
  • Trainers’ "Fishbowl" Demonstration
  • Multi-Party Role Plays Featuring “True-to-Life” Scenarios

Cost:  $795 if paid by early registration deadline (see below); $895 thereafter.  Includes lunches, snacks, and course materials.

(Register early, as our three-day programs have often sold out.)


"You offered a great training, and one that opened windows both into eldercare practice and your inclusive, evolving approach to mediation. You are trailblazers and I've already thought of ways to incorporate a number of your approaches into certain circumstances that may arise more generally in mediation. So, again, all my gratitude."
     Martin Applebaum, Mediator, Attune Mediation, NYC

"Thank you for an excellent training. The material was comprehensive and the exercises were rich in opportunities for expression and learning."
     Mark Kleiman, Esq.
     Founder, Community Mediation Services, Jamaica, NY

"This exceeded my expectations!  The Elder Decisions® Mediation Training makes a compelling case for why we need to step up to this national challenge and makes it possible for mediators to step into these critical but delicate family conversations.  I got a great return on my investment: information-dense, practical, inspiring -- allowing me to extend my company's services to meet this growing demand."
     Marina A. Piscolish, Ph.D.
     MAPping Change, LLC
     Kailua, Hawaii

“…a fabulous, very enriching training experience that I will always remember.”
     Catherine (Kate) Hannibal, Esq.
     Mediation Works, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

"Usually when one goes to a conference or training it is considered successful if one takes away one memorable piece of information from the whole event. In my case my expectations were higher given that I had a return trip of some 40 hours travelling time. I found all the presenters so knowledgeable and so passionate about their topics that I would have considered the training a huge success had I only been able to listen to any single one of them! This training was an unmitigated success for the organisers and I could not praise their work enough, from choosing their topics to their choice of presenters, this was indeed a formidable and professional effort that they can rightly be very proud of. I will certainly be looking to attend another of their events."
     David Bogan, International Mediation Services, Auckland, New Zealand
     Author of Avoid Retirement & Stay Alive Harper Collins & McGraw Hill 2007
     and What's Keeping You Awake at Night Harper Collins 2010

“Elder Decisions®’ Advanced Elder Mediation Training...was excellent; actually the best I have ever experienced.  It was well organized (and) the subject matter was completely covered.  (This was) the most sequentially programmed and clearly presented (training) I have yet attended.”
     Jane Thayer, Ph.D.
     Mediator, Co-author of Elderescence: The Gift of Longevity
     Martha’s Vineyard, MA

"Thank you all for the excellent program last week - the presentations were excellent, the materials just the type of thing that I will use in the future as a reference tool.  Obviously you have devoted much time, thought, and effort to creating this workshop - your work has paid off for the participants! "
     Jane Beddall, M.A., J.D., Dovetail Resolutions, LLC, New Haven, CT

"The training program was the best I have experienced over the years - so much information to process - I'm still working on it."
     Selma Bengis, Mediator, Cape Cod, MA

"I'm still raving to everyone how valuable I found the training and how I enjoyed all of the presenters."
     Jennifer Weintraub, Attorney/Mediator, New York City

Location:  The Walker Center, 171 Grove Street, Newton, MA   
Lodging available on-site ($60 to $95 per night; room rates subject to change).  www.walkerctr.org

Note:  For room reservations at The Walker Center, if rooms don't appear to be available online at www.walkerctr.org, please contact the center directly by phone at 617-969-3919.  A limited number of rooms are being held for our group, on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not available for booking through the online reservation system.

Other hotel options including Boston Marriott Newton and Hotel Indigo are nearby; you will receive details on registration, or feel free to contact us at training@ElderDecisions.com, or (617) 621-7009 x29 for more information.

Continuing Education

* This training is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System's Office of ADR Programs for 16 hours of Additional Mediation Training.  (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.)

** This course has been approved by the State of Vermont for 21.25 hours of continuing legal education credits, including 19.25 hours general credits and 2.0 hours ethics credits.  Attorneys should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*** Social Work Continuing Education CreditsThis program has been approved for Continuing Education Credits for relicensure in the period of October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2020, in accordance with 258 CMR, as follows: 21.25 hours for all 3 days. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-20-053.

***** Past trainees have successfully applied for other state-specific Continuing Legal Education credits; we are happy to help with these applications (an additional fee of up to $50 may apply).  Please inquire for details.

Presented by Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC - A team of experienced mediators who work with seniors and their families to address conflicts that arise in elder care and family decision-making.  If you are interested in this training or future trainings, please call (617) 621-7009 x29, email training@ElderDecisions.com, or register below.

Cancellation Policy:  We reserve the right to cancel this training by the Elder Decisions® Cancellation Deadline (see schedule below).  We cannot be held responsible for airfare expenses or other travel costs.  Registrants will be notified by email of cancellation in such case, and full refunds will be issued. 

If a training is cancelled or rescheduled after this deadline due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control (e.g. severe weather, natural disaster), registrants are entitled to transfer the registration to a future program within 12 months.  Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC, shall not be responsible for any other loss incurred by the registrant as a result of a cancellation or reschedule.

If a registrant cancels by the Refund Cancellation Deadline (see schedule below), a full refund minus $30.00 will be issued.  After that date, a refund cannot be issued, although you may send a substitute attendee.

Training Dates Deadline for Early
Registration Discount
Refund Cancellation
Elder Decisions® Cancellation

March 10 update:


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Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC
30 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA  02062

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