CTG Blog

Healthy Aging and Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by Closing The Gap on Sep 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Alzheimer’s disease is an illness that affects the whole family, and it is utterly devastating. The person you once knew might be completely different or they may look you over with glassy eyes, struggling to remember what used to be so familiar to them. However, it’s time to take action in our own lives and use these lifelong tips to lead a healthier, happier life, while avoiding Alzheimer’s disease entirely. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada there are seven risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease: diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, depression, cognitive inactivity or low education, and physical inactivity.

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3 Back-to-School Health Tips

Posted by Closing The Gap on Sep 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Back-to-school can be a difficult time for most kids. Maybe they’re accustomed to being in summer camp throughout the warm summer months, playing with friends, or eating candy until the sugar rush dies outside, but getting back into a routine is certainly no walk in the park. It can be stressful for parents too, as they need to begin waking up their kids for school every morning, ensuring their kids’ lunches are properly packed and prepared for school, while taking care of their own health in the process. All of these tasks might take their toll on any parent, and the start of the school year might turn out creating more stress and anxiety, affecting everyone’s health in the process.

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Strategies to Encourage a More Family-Centered Approach to Healthcare

Posted by Closing The Gap on Aug 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM

To understand family-centered care, first you have to understand the definition of “family.” According to the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care, the word “family” refers to two or more persons who are related in any way—biologically, legally, or emotionally. Patients and families define their families.

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It's Time to Embrace Family-Centered Care

Posted by Closing The Gap on Aug 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When parents grow older, life can become a balancing act. Nobody sets down a guide at your feet outlining everything you must do for your parents as they grow older. This lack of support and confusion leads to stress, possibly your own health issues, and an overall sense of unease.

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The Flu Virus and Ways to Prevent It

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jul 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The “flu” virus, or influenza, is commonly caused by viruses that attack the respiratory tract. The symptoms usually include a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, etc., and most people recover from the flu within two weeks. However, some people can develop pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses as a result of the flu. It’s for this reason that the flu shot can be a good idea for those at risk including: pregnant women, the elderly, young children and people who have chronic health issues. It is best to consult with a doctor to determine your options, and Closing the Gap Healthcare can help.

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The Importance of Nutrition in Your Daily Life

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jul 13, 2016 4:14:46 PM

Throughout our lives in the millennium, we are exposed to a plethora of foods, drinks, and snacks. It’s difficult to pass by the snacks that we’re craving and move into the produce section, but healthy eating plays a huge role in our mental and physical health. It’s worth looking into our cupboards, fridges, and drawers, while being honest with the decisions we’re making as far as healthy eating goes.

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Recognizing Speech and Language Deficiencies in Your Child: Where do You Go from Here?

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jun 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM

A normal day for you might look something like this:

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Personal Support Workers vs. Retirement Homes

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jun 7, 2016 2:59:00 PM

Once you grow older, you realize how important it is to be there for your parents as they begin to age themselves. You’ve always known that the time would come when you had to step up and care for your parents, but you didn’t know how much would be involved in the process. The problem is that you have a busy life now, and you’re struggling to take care of yourself—let alone your parents. You’re debating between caring for your parents in your own home, or having them move to a retirement home. You’ve heard the pros and the cons from every angle, and you don’t want to make the wrong decision. So—where do you go from here?

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Topics: Personal Support Workers

Advice for Caregivers: Looking after Yourself

Posted by Closing The Gap on May 31, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Anyone in the midst of acting as a primary caregiver for a senior parent will be all too familiar with the physical, mental, and emotional toll that those duties take. Stress, anxiety, depression, frustration, and exhaustion are only a few of the ailments that impact many caregivers. And these pressures only mount for the “Sandwich Generation”: people caring for both senior parents and children of their own. But when a caregiver’s wellbeing wanes, their ability to provide adequate care also suffers. If you feel physically, mentally, or emotionally overwhelmed, follow these tips for caregivers.

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Topics: Personal Support Workers

Personal Support Workers and the Aging Population

Posted by Closing The Gap on May 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM

The time is ticking, and you might even hear it from your own parents: “you better take care of me when I’m older.” Suddenly, the time comes and the stress of your own situation is more overwhelming than you expected. You have kids to raise, dishes to wash, and now your parents to care for! It’s a stressful situation, but there are options and solutions that will help you cope with your busy lifestyle changes.

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Topics: Personal Support Workers