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Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caregiver’s Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Has someone you love recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you looking for guidance on how to support them in the day-to-day? Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia, and it can be extremely overwhelming and demanding for both patients and families who are juggling the many details...
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Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Are you a parent in a pandemic still trying to balance work and family life simultaneously? Are you a caregiver or medical professional who’s been burning the candle at both ends since the  Covid outbreak? Are you a human being who is tired of hearing about Covid-19 and the relentless...
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What Pride Means to Us

What Pride Means to Us

Reading the history of Pride in Canada is an exercise in both horror and inspiration. The marginalization and oppression of Canadians—just for being themselves is horrible. The creativity and resilience of those human beings in response to oppression is inspiring. Pride holds many meanings for many people. For us, it’s...
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Spark’s Journey to Ottawa’s Forty Under 40

Spark’s Journey to Ottawa’s Forty Under 40

If you ask any one of his colleagues, they’d likely describe him as “the salt of the earth”. Case in point: Bradley Bezan, CEO of Spark Lifecare, does not accept awards, even one as prestigious as Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 Award, without recognition of his entire team. “This is not...
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Nursing Week: Celebrating Spark Nurses and PSWs

Nursing Week: Celebrating Spark Nurses and PSWs

Nursing Week couldn’t come at a more poignant time given the current pandemic crisis. At a local level, our healthcare providers are working around the clock: full time, overtime, and then some to help save lives and comfort those in need. At Spark, we believe Nursing Week should be celebrated...
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A Boy, A Bird, and A Nurse
COVID-19, Frontline, Heroes, Nurses, Nursing, Ontario, Pandemic, Spark Stories
COVID-19, Pandemic, Spark Updates

A Letter from Our CEO – Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A letter from our CEO with an update on COVID-19 to follow. A Letter to Spark from our CEO on COVID-19 To my Spark Family,  During a time like this, it’s only natural to be a bit scared. Scared about your health, the health of your loved ones and the...
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Activism, Autism, Climate Change, Global Climate Strike, Greta Thunberg, Neurodiversity, Inspiration

Greta Thunberg is different, and that’s a good thing.

The social pressure to conform to ‘the norm’ is strong enough that we tend to sit up and take notice when people very publicly refuse to do so. In the late 90s, a struggling software company called Apple (maybe you’ve heard of it) created the wildly successful ‘Think Different’ advertising...
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Care, Caregiving, Christmas, Dr Seuss, Empathy, Family, Health, Holiday Season, Holidays, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mental Health, The Grinch, Inspiration

It’s OK to be “Grinchy” at Christmas. You probably have a reason.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a Christmas classic and I’ll brook no argument on the subject. I’m referring, of course, to the original 1966 television special (I haven’t seen the new film currently in theatres, and I’ll save my opinions on the Jim Carrey version). When I...
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