Alissa Sauer

About Alissa Sauer

Alissa Sauer has been dedicated to writing articles about Alzheimer's research and senior living for over four years. With a Communications Degree from the University of Illinois, Alissa strives to help families understand and manage the changes that often accompany caring for a senior loved one. On a personal note, Alissa enjoys traveling around the world as a military spouse and spending time with her two young children and Golden Retriever.

A Sensory Room for Dementia

A Sensory Room for Dementia

Sensory rooms are special places for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to safely explore and stimulate all five senses. The rooms can be used for calming or stimulating, depending on the needs of your loved one. Read more about the benefits of sensory room therapy and how you can create your own sensory room […]

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Dementia: The Memory Thief

Dementia: The Memory Thief

The dementia epidemic is looming. With no cure or effective treatment method on the horizon, researchers are looking back at what we have learned over the last 100 years since the first disease diagnosis, and looking ahead into preventing dementia – the memory thief – for future generations. Learn more about what we know about the […]

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When Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Strikes

When Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Strikes

Alzheimer’s is often thought of as a disease that only affects seniors. While age can bring an increased risk, Alzheimer’s disease can also strike early, leaving families confused and heartbroken. Learn more about one family’s personal battle with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 30. Diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s at Age 30 Ken Dodson was told […]

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How One Family Could Hold the Key to Alzheimer’s

How One Family Could Hold the Key to Alzheimer’s

When one family found over 50% of their offspring were developing Alzheimer’s disease, researchers decided to take a closer look at the family tree and found that the family carried a genetic mutation that caused early onset Alzheimer’s. Read more about the large family in Colombia who is now playing a crucial role in the […]

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“Keeping Love Alive” Throughout Alzheimer’s

“Keeping Love Alive” Throughout Alzheimer’s

In 1992, “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman took a leading role in changing relationships for the better. The idea that people receive and show love in different ways helped restore and revitalize relationships as people who read the book began to understand how to speak the other’s “love language.” The love language concept […]

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20 Things to Remember If You Love Someone with Dementia

20 Things to Remember If You Love Someone with Dementia

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult job, one that can cause caregivers a great amount of stress. However, if you love someone with dementia, you know that the position can also bring joy into your life and be extremely rewarding if you remember a few simple things. In honor of Valentine’s Day, […]

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Sleep Protein Could Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s

Sleep Protein Could Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s

While researchers have been looking at the complex relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and sleep for years, there is still so much to learn and understand. A study from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is shedding new light on the relationship between the two. Learn more about how the study recently found […]

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How Statins Could Cut Risk for Alzheimer’s

How Statins Could Cut Risk for Alzheimer’s

Could a cholesterol lowering medication also protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease? Researchers have been looking closely at the link between brain health and cholesterol in a new study involving nearly 400,000 subjects. Learn more about the study and why some researchers are questioning the validity of its results. Study Looks at How Statins Could […]

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Researchers Test Flashing Light Therapy for Alzheimer’s

Researchers Test Flashing Light Therapy for Alzheimer’s

A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently found that flashing light therapy can reduce the amount of beta amyloid in the brain. The study used mice as subjects, but with such promising results, researchers are hoping to move forward and test their theory on people with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about this study and […]

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