According to statistics presented in the Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society report published in 2010 by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, over 1 million Canadians will have some type of dementia within 25 years. These statistics stress the growing need for research in the area of dementia. Medical research into a cure and medical treatments is needed. However, research on how to support individuals living with dementia and family partners in care to continue to live well is also very important. This is the focus of the work of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP).
MAREP has been a pioneer in the field in that our research (and education) initiatives involve a collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, including researchers, persons with dementia, families, front-line staff, and community members. MAREP places a huge value on its partners. Our research uses a participatory action research approach and ensures that our stakeholders are involved in all stages of the research and knowledge mobilization process. This helps to ensure that the information is relevant and gets to those who need it the most.