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. Feb. 20, 2018Strategy to Address Needs of Aging Population with Increased Long-Term Care Beds in Peterborough Area Announced

    As part of the Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, the Ontario government has announces an investment of 128 new long-term care beds in the Peterborough area. This new home will also be part of the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen’s “health campus” – a development that includes affordable housing for all ages. With this announcement, the government is reaching out to other communities encouraging they apply for new beds as part of the promise to create 5000 long-term care beds in the next four years.

  2. Feb. 20, 2018New Test to Accurately Diagnose Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's

    Originally designed to test for prion disease, a testing system for cerebral spinal fluid was moderately altered to identify Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. The similarity between prion diseases and dementias and Parkinson’s disease is in the accumulation of abnormal protein clumping.  Alpha-synuclein protein, otherwise known as Lewy bodies, accumulate and progressively deteriorate the brain, causing functional decline and eventual death.

  3. Feb. 20, 2018Heart Defects Increase Risk of Dementia Later in Life

    Research out of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University Hospital was the first to identify a link between being born with a heart defect and the development of dementia. The study found that those who survived a heart defect at birth were at a higher risk of developing any form of dementia. Utilizing Danish medical databases and records, over 10 thousand adults who were born between 1890 and 1982 with a heart defect were matched with 10 people born in the same year and compared.

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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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