Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are a world-wide phenomenon that ignores social class and national boundaries. As age is the greatest risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease, more and more individuals will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as the population ages.

At the present time there is no known cause or cure for Alzheimer's disease. As the search for an effective treatment continues, it is important that people who have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia receive the best care possible and are provided with support and opportunities to live meaningful lives.

To implement effective approaches for care of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, contemporary research findings need to be brought to the attention of all partners in care including people with dementia, family members and friends, health care professionals, and so forth. The converse is true as well in that effective approaches to care need to be brought to the attention of researchers.

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) is an innovative program that adopts a partnership approach and integrates research and educational activities in an effort to improve dementia care practices in Canada and around the world.

In fall 2018, MAREP will move its home base from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). See MAREP to join Research Institute for Aging.

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  1. Aug. 20, 2018Why Do Some People With Plaques and Tangles Not Develop Dementia?

    A primary pathology of Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid beta plaques. These proteins clump and stick together in the brain and disrupt normal signalling pathways. However, some people who have plaques and tangles in their brains do not show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston may have the answer. Through mass spectrometry and electrophoresis, researches analyzed the protein composition of synapses from donated brain tissue from individuals who were part of past brain aging studies.

  2. Aug. 20, 2018New Research Suggests a Different Cause of Alzheimer's Disease

    A group of researchers led by a team from the University of Adelaide, now suggest that early onset Alzheimer's disease that is inherited through a familial line may be the result of a genetic mutation in how cells handle iron. Cells need iron in order for the mitochondria to function properly, which is vital for the survival of the cell. If a genetic mutation affects a gene within the process of handling and recycling iron, Alzheimer's disease can develop.

  3. Aug. 20, 2018Benzodiazepines and Alzheimer's Disease

    Benzodiazepines are commonly used for sleep problems but are widely known for their negative side effects. Especially with older adults, the adverse effects can cause drowsiness and falls, which can lead to injury. A study out of the University of Eastern Finland found that benzodiazepines and related drugs increase Alzheimer’s disease risk as well.

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  1. Sep. 25, 2018Living the Dementia Journey Overview WorkshopLiving the Dementia Journey

    What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

    LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

  2. Oct. 11 to 12, 2018Living the Dementia Journey In-Depth WorkshopsLiving the Dementia Journey

    What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

    LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

  3. Nov. 1, 2018Living the Dementia Journey Overview WorkshopLiving the Dementia Journey

    What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

    LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

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  1. July 24, 2017Canada's National Dementia StrategyMary Beth Wighton Quote

    Last month, Bill C-233, an Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, sponsored by the Honourable Rob Nicholson and Rob Oliphant, was passed. Canada will be the 30th country out of 194 members of the World Health Organization to implement a national dementia plan.

  2. June 5, 2017To the Nurse Who May Care for Me TodayBlog quote

    Hi I am your assignment for today.

    I know I am just one of many but I ask you to please take the time to know me. You see I once was also a nurse. That really doesn't matter as I am a human being. I come with an education and feeling. I am also a wife a mother, a grandmother and more. Please take the time to read my chart as you can gain much knowledge about me before you ever meet me. In it you will find my medical history, this may give you a glimpse of what to expect from me. It will tell you what is being treated now. Know full well that, that may not be my only problem.  

  3. May 1, 2017Ontario Dementia Advisory Group e-newsletter, April 2017

    A Letter from the Chair

    APRIL 2017

    Hello, ODAG Members, Friends, and Supporters.

    The last two months have been very interesting for people living with dementia. It is a time of policy changes, budget allocations and the broadening of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities to formally include people living with dementia.

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