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. Dec. 8, 2017Simple Music Listening Device Design for Persons Living With Dementia

    On Wednesday, December 6th a music device designed specifically for persons living with dementia was examined by CBC News. University of Guelph’s computer science student, Frazer Seymour, developed The Adaptable Music Interface (AMI). AMI is a device that makes playing songs, skipping songs, and adjusting music on a tablet easier. The prototype uses multiple adjustable buttons that change in size and colour to make controlling music straightforward and easier for persons living with dementia and other neurological conditions.

  2. Dec. 8, 2017New Alzheimer’s Treatment Involving Oxygen Therapy

    A study that was recently published in the Journal Neurobiology of Aging showed the results of a series of oxygen therapy tests conducted on genetically engineered mice. The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Tel Aviv, and revealed that the mice, which were genetically altered to develop features of Alzheimer’s disease, expressed substantial reductions in their symptoms after receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) daily for 2 weeks.

  3. Dec. 8, 2017Identification of Dementia with Easy to Use Tool

    The development of a new tool to be used by doctors has Canadian researchers estimating that the easy identification of adults who are likely to develop dementia will be soon common practice. Named QuoCo, (abbreviated from Cognitive Quotient) this tool will give doctors the ability to check memory and cognitive performance of persons believed to be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and plot their progression. This is done to see if the individuals tested are seeing changes comparable to the healthy changes experienced by the brain.

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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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