Murray Alzheimer Research & Education Program (MAREP)

The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (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 of people living with dementia and their care partners.

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About the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program

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 of people living with dementia and their care partners. The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) operated at the University of Waterloo for more than 20 years before transitioning to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) in 2018.

All of MAREPs research and education initiatives are co-designed with people living with dementia, care partners, community members, researchers and more.

By Us For Us Guides

The By Us For Us Guides were created by people living with dementia and their care partners. The concept and original project were developed in 2004 by Brenda Hounam, a person living with dementia, and supported by MAREP. The guides are now available through the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Access the By Us For Us Guides here: https://the-ria.ca/resources/by-us-for-us-guides/

LIVING the Dementia Journey

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) was co-created in 2013 by the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) in partnership with a diverse advisory team from residents, family members and team members from Schlegel Villages.

Access the LIVING the Dementia Journey workshops here: https://the-ria.ca/ldj/workshops/

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

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