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. Although MAREP's research projects are funded by research grants, all of its knowledge translation activities are funded through donations and charitable gifts from individuals and groups. Learn how you can support our programs.

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  1. June 9, 2017Living Near a Park Protects against Loneliness in Old Age

    The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) recently conducted an email survey in an effort to discover the factors that protect against loneliness with age. Not surprisingly, the results showed that those who are married are much less likely to feel lonely. However, there is another equally effective way to avoid loneliness: frequently spending time in parks. Living near a library follows closely behind; these factors both outweigh the benefits of having children or grandchildren.

  2. June 9, 2017Chronic Pain Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

    A new study out of California suggests that there may be a link between chronic pain and dementia. Researchers followed 10 000 seniors for 12 years and found that those who reported moderate to severe chronic pain at the start of the study as well as two years in showed a faster cognitive decline over the course of the next 10 years than participants who reported no pain. Lead researcher Elizabeth Whitlock stated that “elderly people need to maintain their cognition to stay independent.

  3. June 9, 2017Care Partner Characteristics

    A recent study from the American Geriatrics Society set out to answer a number of questions about caregiving: who tends to take on the role of care partner, which groups are most often cared for, what does caregiving consist of, and what impact does caregiving have on the care partner? Making use of information gathered in the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study and National Study of Caregiving, researchers determined the major characteristics that care partners share. Most care partners take care of older adults that do not have dementia or another disability.

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  1. June 6, 2017To the Nurse Who May Care for Me TodayBlog quote

    Hi I am your assignment for today.

  2. 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.

  3. May 1, 2017Nothing About Us Without Us: Huge Ontario Budget Win

    For many people living with dementia, our partners and supporters, the Ontario budget 2017 was a great success for us. When ODAG formed in the Fall of 2014, the original Board Members decided to create a group that would focus on creating a loud single voice of those living in Ontario who are living with dementia; and to do this through applying pressure on the government to create and fund a provincial strategy. I'm so pleased to say that we have won a huge win with allocation of money for this important plan.

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