AgingParents.com is the only expert source to combine decades of experience in elder nursing, law, finance, and psychology.
AgingParents is a unique nursing/legal/psychology team that helps families address conflict, communication,and planning issues related to caring for their elder loved ones. They are knowledgeable and experienced commentators on issues related to legal and financial planning, long-term care, communication with elders, and avoiding and coping with crises such as elder driving accidents and abuse.
Contact: Dr. Mikol Davis,
Dr. Mikol Davis
Ms. Rosenblatt, R. N.,B.S.N.,
Elder Law Attorney, Mediator, Author
About Ms. Rosenblatt
Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, R. N., B.S.N., Attorney at Law
Ms. Rosenblatt is a Registered Nurse with ten years of nursing and thirty-one years of experience as a practicing attorney, representing individuals with injuries, and elder neglect. She has extensive experience in elderly care. She is also an experienced mediator, helping resolve conflicts.
Ms. Rosenblatt received her nursing diploma at O’Connor Hospital School of Nursing in 1969, her B.S. in Nursing. from the University of San Francisco in 1971 and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco in 1978. She began the parent organization to AgingParents.com with her husband, Dr. Davis in 2005 to fill the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to assisting with the needs families and their aging loved ones. She is the author of many articles, and is published in professional journals. She also authored The Boomer’s Guide to Aging Parents, which focuses on legal, healthcare and family issues, in 2009.
Ms. Rosenblatt maintains membership in numerous professional organizations, and is active in the prevention of elder abuse. She founded Seniors Resource Forum, a nonprofit under MarinLink, to provide multidisciplinary educational resources to aging persons and their families.
Areas of Expertise For Media Questions
- Elder law
- Capacity for financial decision-making
- Durable power of attorney (for finances)
- Healthcare directives (aka “living will”, or power of attorney for healthcare)
- “Do not resuscitate” orders
- Elder rights
- Elder abuse & elder neglect
- Nursing homes & assisted living
- Driving rights for aging persons
- Family disputes about elders
- Caregiver disputes
- Elder mediation
- Assessment of elders for financial capacity
- Home care agencies
Additional Published Works & Mentions
- Experience , Sr.Lawyers’ Div., American Bar Assn., “Mediating Elder Disputes in Assisted Living Facilities” Vol. 19, No. 1, 2009.
- North Bay Biz Magazine , “Taking Care”, June 2008.
- Nursing Management , “Using Mediation in Care Facilities,” February, 2008.
- Marin County Bar Association News Letter , “Healthcare Mediation: Newer Twist on an Old Method” 2004.
- Journal of Psychiatric Nursing , Vol. 10, No. 4, August 1971, “Isolation and Resistance in the Elderly.”
Dr. Mikol Davis, Family Conflict & Eldercare Psychologist, Author
About Dr. Davis
Dr. Davis received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1980. He has worked in community hospitals with geriatric patients suffering from dementia, depression, and other psychiatric problems. As part of a comprehensive mental health team he has been actively involved in the assessment, treatment, and placement of clients in community treatment programs.
Dr. Davis has taught communication skills and psychological theory and counseling at the community college and university level, and has conducted communication skills workshops. He has appeared in local newspapers, and local media to discuss current psychological issues. He has a broad range of experience in treating clients of all ages.. He is a skilled mediator; often working with families to develop written plans to reduce conflict.
Dr. Davis has been in private practice in Marin County, California since 1976. Since founding AgingParents.com with his wife Carolyn Rosenblatt, in 2005, Dr. Davis has offered important emotional support and resources for family members caring for aging parents.
Dr. Davis maintains membership in professional organizations, and is a volunteer with Seniors Resource Forum, a multidisciplinary educational nonprofit organization in Marin County, California.
Areas of Expertise For Media Questions
- Depression in aging & general depression
- Family disputes & family dynamics
- Coping with loss & general coping skills
- Maintaining mental health
- Communication skills
- Improving dysfunctional relationships
- Setting limits
How Clients Use Our Services at AgingParents.com
Clients come to AgingParents.com for a variety of reasons. Most are adult children of aging loved ones, and some are spouses or caregivers. They are typically in a crisis, or feeling overwhelmed with their issues around the management of aging loved ones, who are changing or becoming problematic.
Frequent issues are how to deal with what the family believes is financial elder abuse, or family conflict around how to best care for an aging loved one. Other issues we often see are disputes over a family member who is not sharing the burden of caring for a parent, or an adult child who also may have competency issues as a caregiver. The elder’s competency is also a frequently seen issue.
Sometimes, the client comes to us because they are so overwhelmed with tasks, decisions and problems with an aging loved one, that they just don’t know where to start. We offer advice to them, either individually, or together, as a nurse-lawyer, psychologist team. We help them develop a strategy to deal with what is going on. We refer to appropriate resources, such as geriatric care managers, facilities, doctors, estate planning attorneys, adult day services, home care providers and others.
We do analysis of the presenting problems, and prioritize them. This usually takes place in the first consultation. We determine whether the matter is legal, healthcare, or mental health in nature, or a combination. We then suggest a course of action for each of the elements presented. We make lists, assign specific suggestions to family members, and sometimes recommend a family conference or another face-to-face meeting to help work through the problems.
If there is a dispute going on, we suggest mediation. This can be with a family and a facility, a family and caregivers, or between and among family members themselves. We arrange the mediation among the participants. We conduct mediations, which are “facilitated discussions”, using our conflict resolution skills to help participants arrive at written settlements or agreements. These are normally in person, but can sometimes be done by telephone conference.
We offer support and guidance to those who are trying to find their way through a maze of unfamiliar tasks and issues as their loved ones age, become infirm, and need more from those who are responsible for them.