Where We Started

LIVING the Dementia Journey was co-created in 2013 by the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) at University of Waterloo in partnership with a diverse advisory team comprised of people living with dementia, residents in long-term care homes, family members, staff/team members, and leadership. The advisory team led the development of LIVING the Dementia Journey topics and content.

Schlegel Villages is a key partner that helped to create and pilot the program and partnered with the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) to evaluate it. RIA and MAREP have teamed up to share the program so that it widely benefits people living with dementia and their care partners across the continuum of care.