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. Nov. 16, 2017Study Shows Signs of Young Blood Rejuvenating Human Brains

    Last spring, scientists reported that old mice showed signs of regained intelligence after being injected with human baby blood. Naturally, they theorized that if the blood had this effect on mice, that the next phase of the study would be to see if this “young blood” could have the same effect on the brain of a human. In the first trials of this controversial study, scientists infused youthful blood into older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease. They were only able to record “hints” that there was a positive effect on reversing the neurodegradation that these people were experiencing.

  2. Nov. 16, 2017Gardening Pilot Project Helps People Living with Dementia

    Summerset Manor, a long-term care facility located in Summerside, P.E.I, has recently added a “living wall” to the residence. This living wall was designed to help those living there combat feelings of loneliness and boredom. The walls, which are vertical gardens attached to a wall of a sunroom, were installed as part of a pilot project to help persons living with dementia remain more active. There are two walls in total and they were placed in the dementia wings of the building to help those living with dementia feel “worthwhile”, and at ease.

  3. Nov. 16, 2017Development of Alzheimer’s disease seemingly increased in persons living with sleep apnea

    According to the American Thoracic Society, obstructive sleep apnea, otherwise known as OSA, could be increasing the chances of older adults developing Alzheimer’s disease. This new research was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and focuses on the biomarker of amyloid beta. These peptides that are known to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease build plaque and accumulate more frequently depending on how many apnea’s the person experiences per hour.  This is due to the suggestion from Ricardo S.

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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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