Murray Alzheimer Research & Education Program (MAREP)

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) is a collaborative research and education program that aims to enhance well-being for individuals impacted by dementia, including people living with dementia, care partners, health care providers and community members.

Program Description

MAREP’s key objectives:

• Conduct innovative research on dementia that enhances well-being

• Collaborate with partners and stakeholders to develop education and share best practices

• Create research-based resources for all who can benefit

MAREP’s guiding philosophy:

• People living with dementia must be meaningfully involved in decisions affecting their well-being

• We work with rather than for people living with dementia

• People living with dementia continue to grow, learn, and make valuable contributions with appropriate information, resources, and support to do so

• Understanding dementia requires learning about dementia from the perspective of individuals with lived experience

• Strong relationships are fundamental to enhancing the well-being of individuals impacted by dementia

MAREP’s history:

MAREP was founded in 1993 by Kenneth Murray, whose experience as a care partner for his late wife Helen inspired him to support a research and education initiative that improves the quality of life for people living with dementia and care partners

MAREP originated at the University of Waterloo and celebrated many successes for 23 years before moving to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in 2018

MAREP’s approach:

Using the Authentic Partnership approach, we develop research and education initiatives together with people impacted by dementia. To learn more, visit:

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