CTG Blog

Caring for Those Affected by Alzheimer’s

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jan 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM

January is a time to reflect upon the past year, and look forward to the year ahead. January is also Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.


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Topics: self-care, alzheimer's, health, dementia, at-home healthcare, forgetfulness

3 Tips to Stay on Track With Your New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Closing The Gap on Jan 10, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Good Intentions Can Only Get You So Far 

We’ve all done it before. Come New Year’s Eve, we take a moment or two to reflect on the past year and consider what we want the next one to look like. We make plans to better ourselves, challenge our thinking, overcome bad habits and take care of our health. But more often than not, those plans don’t survive the first week of January. There is no better intention than to improve one’s health. 

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Topics: lose weight, health goal, 21 days, quit smoking, resolutions, eating better, exercise

Closing the Gap Spreads the Holiday Cheer!

Posted by Closing The Gap on Dec 22, 2016 at 2:29 PM

Happy Holidays from Closing the Gap Healthcare

’Tis indeed the season to be jolly. After all, it’s hard not to have a smile on your face when you’re participating in the annual holiday festivities. This year, CTG staff and their families came from as far as Halifax to celebrate with their fellow coworkers. More than 200 familiar faces showed up for the annual event in Mississauga, which turned out to be a wild success.

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Topics: giving thanks, spreading joy, holiday party, giving back, christmas cheer, employee appreciation

3 Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

Posted by Closing The Gap on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:13 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year...except sometimes it’s not. No matter what you celebrate, the holidays come with its own special stressors to which hardly any of us are immune. The days are shorter, the year is ending, and the pressure to host and attend parties, buy gifts, put on our winter tires, donate to charities, and visit family can quickly become overwhelming. Here are some easy tips to help reduce your stress this holiday season.

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Topics: health, holiday, gratitude, stress

Closing the Gap in the Community

Posted by Closing The Gap on Dec 1, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Closing the Gap in the Community

It’s been quite a busy month for Closing the Gap. In November, we travelled as far as Vancouver to take part in healthcare conferences to learn about exciting developments and engage with the healthcare community. Here are some highlights:

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Topics: Aging Well: Play to Win, HealthAchieve, Workshops, Family Medicine Forum, Health Conferences, CloudDX

Fall Prevention Month

Posted by Closing The Gap on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Did You Know it’s Fall Prevention Month in Ontario?

True, it’s not something to have a party for. But what we should be happy about is the growing awareness of the effect of falls on the elderly. In order to celebrate the second year of Fall Prevention Month, we have assembled some helpful information about how you can prevent a slip and fall.

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Topics: Fall Prevention Month, prevention, nutrition, elderly, hazards, health

Staying Positive as We Age

Posted by Closing The Gap on Oct 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM

As we get older, it’s no secret that we’ll begin to notice changes in our bodies. You might hear your father groaning about his joints never being the same after he hit the big 60 mark, or your older neighbour finding it more and more difficult to manage the gardening in the backyard. Thankfully, you really can age gracefully, but there are healthy tips to follow to ensure that old age treats you well and you stay positive in the process.

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Healthy Aging and Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by Closing The Gap on Sep 22, 2016 at 7:00 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 at 8:00 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 at 9:30 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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