International Indigenous Dementia Research Network

International Indigenous Dementia Research Network (IIDRN)

The International Indigenous Dementia Research Network (IIDRN) seeks to highlight the profiles of researchers, students, Indigenous community members, and policy makers from around the world who share a commitment to research concerning Alzheimer's disease, dementia and healthy aging in Indigenous peoples. Researchers in the network support and inspire each other through an online discussion platform, sharing results and findings, collaborating, and occasional meetings.


Our ultimate goal is to enhance knowledge of how Indigenous peoples understand and experience dementia and the impact of dementia on Indigenous peoples and communities. In this way we hope to improve care and advocate for greater resources for culturally relevant care to assist Indigenous caregivers, communities and health care providers.

The aims of this network are:


  1. to bring together researchers with an interest in ADRD in Aboriginal peoples and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience with research in this area; and

  2. create a forum to exchange knowledge concerning ADRD between researchers, government and policy personnel and Indigenous experts and community members.

While the network began in Canada, we are looking to develop an international network of experts from universities, communities and government who can advocate for issues related to Alzheimer's disease, dementia and healthy aging in Indigenous peoples.  We are proud to maintain connections with researchers across Canada, as well as researchers from Australia, the United States, and Brazil. You will also find print and video resources on Indigenous dementia that may be of value to Indigenous peoples, caregivers, policy makers and researchers.

Our network is always growing. If you are interested in joining please Contact Us!

© 2021 I-CAARE

Dr. Kristen Jacklin founded the Indigenous Cognition & Aging Awareness Research Exchange (I-CAARE) in 2015. Click here for more information.
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2016 IIDRN team dinner