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 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. MAREP operated within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo celebrating many successes for 23 years before moving to the RIA in 2018.
MAREP has been a pioneer in supporting people with dementia in knowledge generation and translation in that all of our research and education initiatives involve collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, including researchers, people with dementia, families, staff, and community members. This Authentic Partnership approach encourages communities to engage in critical reflection and to work collaboratively and equally to promote social change, equality, and empowerment.
The program’s initiatives aim to translate research into practical tools for those who can use it most. These tools include workshops and training (in-person and online), such as the LIVING the Dementia Journey training program, designed for staff working in residential care environments such as long-term care homes, and train-the-trainer programs for educators.
MAREP has also developed products and resources for broader audiences, including persons living with dementia, family care partners, and professionals working in the dementia field. For example, the By Us For Us© Guides are a series of guides written BY and FOR those living with dementia, designed to equip persons with dementia with the necessary tools to enhance their well being and manage daily challenges.