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.

In fall 2018, MAREP moved its home base from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). See MAREP to join Research Institute for Aging.

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  1. Sep. 24, 2018Rate of Alzheimer’s disease will double in the U.S. by 2060

    In 2014 the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among U.S. adults 65 years and older was estimated at 5 million, or 1.6 percent of the population. To estimate future prevalence, researchers examined a nationally representative sample of Medicare records, as well as Census Bureau population projections.

  2. Sep. 24, 2018Quality of care rated higher by residents in home-like facilities

    Australian residents in aged-care facilities, including a majority who live with dementia, were asked to rate the quality of care they received. The researchers measured quality of care using the Consumer Choice Index–6 Dimension instrument (CCI-6D) and individually evaluated each dimension of care (time, shared-spaces, own-room, outside and gardens, meaningful activities and care flexibility). Residents who gave the highest ratings lived in a more home-like model, where they are given more flexibility and choice in their care routines, as well as greater access to the outdoors.

  3. Sep. 24, 2018Air pollution identified as a risk factor for dementia

    Exposure to traffic-related air pollution is a known risk factor for stroke, heart and respiratory disease, as well as poorer cognitive development in children. Now researchers in London, England, have linked air pollution to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

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  1. Sep. 25, 2018Living the Dementia Journey Overview WorkshopLiving the Dementia Journey

    What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

    LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

  2. Oct. 11 to 12, 2018Living the Dementia Journey In-Depth WorkshopsLiving the Dementia Journey

    What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

    LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

  3. Nov. 1, 2018Living the Dementia Journey Overview WorkshopLiving the Dementia Journey

    What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

    LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

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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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