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.
- Sep. 20, 2017
Last month, Alden Gross and a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study that presumably shows no link between healthy exercise habits in midlife and cognitive proficiency in later life. However, the participants were all from groups that notably have known to have lower rates of dementia regardless. Healthy, education physicians (mostly men), who worked out on a weekly basis, and had low pressure. At the conclusion of the study, only 28 out of 646 adults had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Sep. 20, 2017
Vivien brown, Toronto doctor for 35 years, has written a book that outlines what is important for women to do to keep healthy while aging. A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging: 7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy and Strong, will be available on September 23rd and has been crafted using Brown’s expertise in medical science and lived experience as a women. At the start of Brown’s career they treated women like small men, giving them two-thirds a “man’s dose” as the only difference in treatment.
- Sep. 20, 2017
On September 12th, 2017, Canadian researchers were pleased to receive $3.4 million from this years’ Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) research competition. The money was given in hopes to help those who are living with, as well as those impacted by, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The awards and grants will allow the 24 applicants, that have been extensively peer-reviewed by respected researchers and persons with lived dementia experience, create a brighter future for Canadians living with dementia by discovering new prevention strategies and treatments.
- 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.