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 moved 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. Oct. 15, 2018Quality of work life has not improved for aides who care for older adults with dementia

    Researchers in Western Canada report that emotional exhaustion is on the rise among care aides working in nursing homes, and job satisfaction has not improved. The frequency of responsive behaviours experienced by care aides who work with residents living with dementia is also increasing.

  2. Oct. 15, 2018Predicting cognitive decline using artificial intelligence

    Scientists at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto have trained an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to accurately predict whether a person’s cognitive abilities are likely to lead to Alzheimer’s disease within five years. They designed the algorithm to learn from genetics, clinical data and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and trained it using data from more than 800 people who participated in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.

  3. Oct. 12, 2018Altruism motivates people to participate in dementia research

    Older adults who participate in dementia-prevention trials are most often motivated by altruism, according to researchers who conducted a Research Satisfaction Survey at 27 study sites in metropolitan areas in the United States. Respondents rated their overall satisfaction level as high, although they preferred interviews administered by staff rather than via automated technologies. They liked having an opportunity to volunteer and to challenge their cognitive abilities, but disliked repetitive assessments.

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  1. 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 25, 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 6, 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 2, 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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