CarDon Family Fun Fest

Jill Rusk, RN, Director of Business Development CarDon & Associates talks about the upcoming CarDon Family Fun Fest where you can get valuable information to help you plan your family’s needs as their life stage change.

CarDon Family Fun Fest
Saturday, May 31, 2014 11am-2pm
Fort Harrison – Reddick and Sycamore shelters

Featuring: hands only CPR Training
Heart Health information
Blood Pressure Screening
Cooking Demonstrations
Live Music with IJ Mechem
Bounce houses for kids
Giveaway and Food Trucks

You can send  your questions directly to Jill at

One of the most difficult responsibilities families face is taking care of relatives who can no longer take care of themselves. It has been projected that boomers will spend more time taking care of their parents than they did raising their children

1. THE CONVERSATION: This is a very difficult topic that is often not discussed among families we need to know the wishes of our loved ones…
How important is it to plan ahead? This allows you time to work through the transitions based on agreed upon wishes. Truly being an advocate for your loved one
What kind of difference can it make for you and your loved one? Less emotional for the family and sense of security for the patient knowing you have discussed your wishes and your family will carry them out to the best of their ability. The focus then can be on Quality time together
What do you need to know now? Do they have a Will, Advance Directives? Do you know their wishes? How can you honor them if you don’t know what they are?
What other information should have ready in case of a crisis? (IE list of medications, insurance, physicians, advanced directives.)

2. AVOID FAMILY FALLOUT: The family turmoil that can ensue when a group of siblings suddenly find themselves on the same team trying to help a parent. There should there be an agreed upon family plan and key contact before your loved one needs help. Let us help you on how to navigate successfully through this issue.

3. THE MEANING OF HOME: For so many, home is their identity, but as we live longer, mom and dad need extra help. What does that look like, what are your resources? What can be done, who can assist.
1. SAFETY: Is their home safe, can they perform activates of daily living IE: cooking, bathing, medication management, managing finances, driving, household chores,

2. THE TIME TO HANG UP THE KEYS: One of the most emotional and difficult things to confront is when it is time for your relative to limit their driving. What signs to look for and how to proactively discuss when it’s time to hang up the keys.

3. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT: Among Americans 57-85 yrs. old, 29% are taking prescription drugs at the same time – Without the oversight it can be dangerous.

4. NUTRITION: Are they eating nutritious meals, are there signs of weight loss, Is meal preparation to difficult?

5. SOCIALIZATION: Has their involvement with family and friends decreased, due to their fear and loss of capabilities? Have they become withdrawn?

6. COGNITIVE ABILITY: Do you notice any changes in their memory, ability to complete tasks?

Who can help us and advocate for the well being of my loved one?  Visit their website at for more information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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