This fall, the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) will move its home base from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the RIA.
Since 1993, MAREP has been improving dementia care practices in Canada and around the world through research and education.
MAREP founder Ken Murray is pleased about the program’s future. “RIA is ideally suited to propel MAREP forward,” said Murray. “To be able to integrate the work of MAREP with other research and educational initiatives at the RIA will have such a positive impact on people’s lives.”
“We’re excited to add MAREP to the RIA’s signature programs,” said Josie d’Avernas, executive director of the RIA. “Both MAREP and the RIA integrate research and education to improve dementia care practices and quality of life for older adults, and this consolidation of strengths will accelerate the impact we can have.”
Over the past few years, the RIA research team has grown, including a special focus on dementia. The addition of MAREP will complement this work as the RIA continues to develop programs, education and resources to benefit those living with dementia and their families.
Paul Stolee, interim Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at UWaterloo, said, “MAREP has a long history of success, not only in how it approaches the philosophy of care – ensuring collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, including people living with dementia and their families – but also in the many resources it makes available for the public to use.”
Stolee added that the move to the RIA will allow for more interdisciplinary research and support for MAREP’s key projects, including the successful LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) program. LDJ was created in partnership with the RIA and Schlegel Villages, and was named Best New Long-Term Care Product or Service of the Year by the Ontario Long Term Care Association in 2017. The Faculty and RIA are working together to determine what additional activities will transition.
Applied Health Sciences and the RIA would like to acknowledge and thank all who helped build MAREP into a successful, relevant and highly regarded program, especially Lisa Loiselle, associate director of research, for her dedication, support and leadership with MAREP. Loiselle will be helping to ensure a smooth transition over the coming weeks.
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