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. Learn how you can support our programs.

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  1. July 17, 2017One in Five Seniors in Long-Term Care Capable of Living at Home

    A recent report on Canadian seniors’ health illuminated some gaps in the country’s primary care services. Researchers found that 22% of people who enter long-term care would actually capable of continuing to live at home if better home care supports were in place. 2.6 million Canadians are older than 75.

  2. July 17, 2017Mental Health More Important than Physical Health for Seniors' Wellbeing

    A German research team, finding a lack of studies addressing stress and wellbeing in older adults, examined the impact of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders on subjective wellbeing (SWB). The results were promising: almost 80% of participants indicated that they had a high level of SWB; however, those who scored “low” were predominantly female (at 24% compared to 18% of men). For both sexes, “low income, physical inactivity, multimorbidity, depression, anxiety, and sleeping problems” affected SWB; living along had a profound effect in women.

  3. July 17, 2017Dementia is the Most Common Cause of Death for Women

    Public Health England’s latest report indicates that life expectancy is continuing to increase – as is chronic disease prevalence – and that there are important differences between the sexes. Men can expect to live for 79.5 years and women 83.1; however, men are spending on average one fifth of their life in ill health and for women, it is almost one quarter. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are now the leading cause of death in women.

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  1. June 6, 2017To the Nurse Who May Care for Me TodayBlog quote

    Hi I am your assignment for today.

  2. 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.

  3. May 1, 2017Nothing About Us Without Us: Huge Ontario Budget Win

    For many people living with dementia, our partners and supporters, the Ontario budget 2017 was a great success for us. When ODAG formed in the Fall of 2014, the original Board Members decided to create a group that would focus on creating a loud single voice of those living in Ontario who are living with dementia; and to do this through applying pressure on the government to create and fund a provincial strategy. I'm so pleased to say that we have won a huge win with allocation of money for this important plan.

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