Taking care of aging parents is the subject of a free seminar that is co-sponsored by the Norwich Township Fire Department.

Taking care of aging parents is the subject of a free seminar that is co-sponsored by the Norwich Township Fire Department.

"Family Care Giving: The New Way of Life" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Pkwy. Dessert and coffee will be served. To reserve a spot, call 614-876-7694.

Firefighter Brian Davis said the seminar was prompted by frequent 9-1-1 calls that involve elderly adults and their adult children. For example, there have been instances where an adult overdoses, and blames it on the stress of caring for their elderly parents.

"You go from being a son or daughter, and now you've got to treat them like a son or daughter," Davis told the Norwich Township Trustees at their March 6 meeting. "When that pendulum swings, there are always conflicts."

The seminar will discuss "The 70-40 Rule."

The title refers to ages - if one is 40, or the parents are 70, one should start talking about senior topics like medication, health, memory, driving and whether to continue living in their home.

"It's more of kids being involved in their parents' welfare, saying I'm not here to take over," Davis said. "I'm here to educate and help you through some of these situations."

Another topic to be discussed is "The 50-50 Rule."

Fifty is the average age when siblings are caring for their parents; and 50-50 refers to the need for siblings to share in caring for their parents. According to a study, one sibling provides most or all of the care for parents in 43 percent of families, and only 2 percent split the responsibility equally.

"Sometimes it's not the easiest stuff to talk about, and that's why we like tackling it," Davis said. "Just saying it's not going to happen is being in denial."

Davis said representatives of Home Instead Senior Care (an Upper Arlington-based business that cares for the elderly in their own homes) and Darby Glenn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hilliard will be on hand, as will an attorney, psychologist and social worker. However, he stressed that the seminar will be informational in nature and not a sales pitch.

"It's a win-win, and a great night of information. People will walk out and say 'I have the nerve to talk about this situation,'" Davis said.