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: find out how you can support our programs.
More information is available for people living with dementia, care partners, and anyone else affected by dementia in our Innovations Newsletter, published three times per year, the Dementia Weekly News Service, our blog, and the educational tools and training and workshops we offer.
- Aug. 14, 2017
A long-term, large-scale study from the National Institutes of Health followed almost 16 thousand adults aged 45-64 in 1987 for 25 years; participants’ general health was assessed five times throughout the study. Over 1500 adults were diagnosed with dementia over the course of the study, with carriers of the APOE4 gene, African Americans, and those who did not graduate from high school being more likely to develop the disease. Individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure and Caucasian adults who smoked were also at elevated risk.
- Aug. 14, 2017
Genetic predisposition is one of many factors implicated in developing Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid precursor protein (APP) generates amyloid beta peptides; a mutation in the gene that encodes APP can cause these peptides to build up in plaques in the brain, which affects cognition. It is the ARC gene complex, which is involved in neural plasticity, or the brain changing and adapting over time, that contains the gene that encodes APP.
- Aug. 14, 2017
A recent study out of Montreal was the first to find that first-person shooter video games can have a negative impact on the brain; these video games have been shown in the past to have a positive effect on visual attention and motor control, but this study found the opposite is true for the hippocampus.
- July 25, 2017
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.
- June 6, 2017
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.
- May 2, 2017
A Letter from the Chair
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.