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. Oct. 11, 2017Study Ranks Cognitive Enhancers for Alzheimer‘s based on Safety and Effectiveness

    Donepezil was discovered to be one of the most effective to help people living with Dementia improve their cognition, in a new study. This study ranked the effectiveness of the drugs as well as their safety as the two main criteria to earn their ranks. Four drugs in total were tested and given to participants to increase their rates of concentration, memory, alertness and moods.

  2. Oct. 11, 2017Dementia Care Through The Use of Virtual Reality Technology

    Virtual reality technology has started making its way into the world of long-term care solutions in a very big way.  Whether it be to help patients with anxiety to be calmer, provide entertainment, or to educate the health care worker, this VR technology is already finding its place in various hospitals integrating itself into the care system. However, researchers believe that we have only scratched the surface of the implementation of virtual reality in dementia care.

  3. Oct. 11, 2017Decrease in Sense of Smell Seemingly Indicative of Being at a Higher Risk for Dementia

    According to new research, it is being seen that seniors are more likely to develop dementia, if they fail at a smelling aptitude test. Failure to properly name at least four out of five common odors, peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather, was shown to have a correlation with rates of dementia development in these individuals. This long-term study, conducted by the University of Chicago, told 2,906 participants between the ages of 57 and 85, to determine and label a variety of everyday smells.

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  1. Sep. 25 to Nov. 1, 2017Hack4Health 3.0 Early Bird RegistrationH4H Online Registration


    Hack4Health 3.0 Registration

    Online registry for Hack4Health 3.0 is now open! Register now at the Hack4health website at an early bird reduced rate until November 1st! AHS Students Register for Free! More information will be available at the Hack4Health site, as on our social media!

  2. Nov. 10 to 12, 2017Hack4Health 3.0H4H - Hack4Health

    Hack4Health (H4H) is a non-traditional hackathon with a focus on social impact and improving quality of life for those living with MS or dementia.

    The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) along with the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) at the University of Waterloo are planning a hackathon dubbed Hack4Health.

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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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