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. Apr. 23, 2018Sitting Too Much Increases Risk of Dementia

    Although research on sitting has already shown an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases, new research out of UCLA has looked into the impact on sitting for long periods of time and the effects it has on brain health. Thirty-five participants aged 45 to 75 were interviewed on their average activity level and the number of hours they sit during a day. Participants then underwent an MRI to look at the medial temporal lobe, which is responsible for forming new memories.

  2. Apr. 23, 2018Other Areas of the Brain Used to Compensate for Lost Language Functioning in Rare Dementia

    A rare form of dementia, primary progressive aphasia (PPA), was the focus of a study identifying active brain regions. This dementia is unusual in that language comprehension is affected rather than memory. People who have PPA in early stages tend to have no difficulty with working memory and can drive and complete tasks easily. However, their language processing has been affected which makes reading, writing, and speaking more difficult. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG) the researchers were able to track which section of the brain responded to language tasks and how fast they responded.

  3. Apr. 23, 2018Inappropriate Medication Linked to Dementia Diagnosis

    In an international study out of the University of Sydney, researchers found that a diagnosis of dementia increased inappropriate medication use by 17 percent in one year. Such prescriptions may be appropriate for short-term use, but are often used for long periods of time for people living with dementia and can have lasting and unnecessary side effects. Such medications include sleeping pills or depression medication which may cause side effects such as confusion, drowsiness and can lead to dangerous outcomes. Dr.

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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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