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. 

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  1. Mar. 19, 2018University of Regina Working to Develop Better Pain Detection Tools for Those Living with Dementia

    Researchers from the University of Regina are working to develop cameras that can detect pain for use in long-term care homes. As many residents in long-term care homes have dementia or are non-verbal, they may not be able to articulate when they are in pain. This causes pain and the underlying cause to go undetected, which reduces quality of life and can often lead to aggression or agitation. In addition, the aggression is treated with psychotropic medications, which can mask pain and increase risk of death by falls or stroke.

  2. Mar. 19, 2018Higher Level of Cardiovascular Fitness Decreases Dementia Risk Significantly in Women

    A study conducted in Sweden of 191 women ages 38 to 60 found that those with higher stamina or cardiovascular fitness were at an 88% lower risk of developing dementia than those who are moderately fit. The women completed an ergometer cycling test to measure work capacity, in which more and more resistance is added until the test is interrupted (fatigue was reached). Some individuals were unable to complete this and interrupted their test at submax levels. The study was composed of 59 “low fitness”, 92 “medium fitness” and 40 “high fitness” participants.

  3. Mar. 19, 2018$10 Million Invested into A Canadian Neuroscience Research Database

    The Canadian federal government and Brain Canada have partnered to fund a $10.17 million grant and establish the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP). This platform will be a large database for neuroscience research, including brain imaging, behavioral studies and genetic studies. This will allow Canadian researchers faster access to data and the ability to easily share research with other scholars. Ultimately, CONP was created to enhance research on neurological disorders, including, but not limited to; multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, dementia, stroke, and schizophrenia.

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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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