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Get the latest on Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) initiatives and events, and learn and share with others in the community on MAREP's blog.

The Mirror of Dementia

I look in the mirror and what do I see.

I see me, that is me. The same me I've always seen when I look in the mirror.

Phyllis Fehr to Represent People with Dementia at the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

From March 20th through April 12th, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be running. The committee will be examining the implementation of the provisions of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in eight countries, including Canada.

She's One in a Million

Last weekend was a very special date for me. My Partner, Dawn, and I celebrated 15 years of being together. And we did just that – celebrated! We hopped in the car and took a leisurely drive down the
lake road. Our destination was a quaint town with the best sushi restaurant in the area.

In true form, Dawn and I talked and laughed as we reminisced our years of being together. We rarely have the radio on as we seem to always have so much to say to each other. The radio is just a distraction.

Rise Up!

I can remember when I was young being called a Feminist. I wasn't too sure what the word meant, but it was said in a context that made me think it was a "dirty" word. So, of course I denied it. No, I wasn't a Feminist!

Alzheimer Awareness Event 2017

Last week MAREP hosted our annual Alzheimer Awareness event at Luther Village on the Park. A representative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) spoke to the progress being made on the Ontario Dementia Strategy. A panel of people with dementia and a care partner discussed their priorities and suggestions, followed by the presentation of this year’s Partners in Dementia award. The event was live-streamed for the first time ever.

Coordinated Care in Ontario's Health System

What would make it easier for people with dementia, their care partners and care providers to navigate available services and supports?

One of the biggest hurdles for people living in Ontario with dementia, partners and care providers is the ability to easily and successfully navigate available and supports. In order to understand what is needed to make it easier, we need to understand the current status quo.

Dad - Happy 90th birthday!

Some of my most earliest memories is of my Dad and I doing things together. When I was about four years old, my Dad and brothers built a garage. Instead of telling me to stay clear and get out of the way, I had a job – I was the nail straightener. With my hammer I had the responsibility to hammer out any crooked nails so they could be re-used. My Dad grew up in the depression, so we never threw out things. He patiently showed me how to do it, and away I went. To me this was much more fun than playing with dolls!

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Recruiting participants for new project

We’re researching how businesses can engage people with dementia meaningfully and respectfully in the design, testing, and commercialization of apps intended for their use. For this research, we’re looking for people living with dementia to use, test, and provide feedback on a digital memory aid currently being developed. Follow the link for more information.