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. 22, 2018When should doctors do lumbar punctures to test for Alzheimer’s?

    Testing for biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) offers an earlier and more sensitive method of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease than relying on clinical symptoms alone, such as loss of memory and other cognitive functions. Due to recent scientific advances, CSF testing may be more widely used in future. To ensure safe and optimal use of the procedure, guidelines for the appropriate use of lumbar punctures and CSF testing have been created.

  2. Oct. 22, 2018Spontaneous genetic errors may be leading cause of dementia

    Only five percent of people who develop dementia are thought to inherit the disease genetically from one or both parents. Explaining the cause of dementia in the other 95 percent is more difficult.

  3. Oct. 22, 2018Arterial stiffness identified as a modifiable risk factor for dementia

    A 15-year study of older adults in Pittsburgh has confirmed that arterial stiffness is a strong predictor of dementia. As the aorta ages, it loses elasticity and is therefore less able to protect smaller arteries by cushioning the pressure caused by pulsing blood flow. This can result in damage to vulnerable arteries in the brain and contribute to dementia risk.

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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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