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.

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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Blue Light May Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Blue Light May Help Alzheimer’s Patients

As children we used night lights to scare away “monsters,” and as adults we use them to find our way in the night. Now, Alzheimer’s patients may use a specific type of blue light to reset their internal clocks in order to sleep better. Alzheimer’s Resets the Circadian Rhythm The circadian rhythm is an internal biological clock that […]

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Scientists Still Perplexed by Dementia

Scientists Still Perplexed by Dementia

Doctors, families, researchers and seniors living with Alzheimer’s or dementia are eager to end the epidemic, finding a cure to eliminate the disease entirely. However, scientists are still perplexed by dementia as recent failures of promising treatment options are revealing just how complex the brain is and how hard it is to reverse the signs […]

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New Risk Scale Identifies Normal Aging vs. Dementia

New Risk Scale Identifies Normal Aging vs. Dementia

Many of us can admit to having a “senior moment” from time to time, but the threat of a looming dementia diagnosis can be a reality for many families. The Mayo Clinic has recently developed a scale that will help identify those seniors who are at risk for developing dementia, hopefully encouraging high risk seniors […]

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What Nuns Are Teaching Us About Alzheimer’s

What Nuns Are Teaching Us About Alzheimer’s

Over 30 years ago, one researcher chose a small group of nuns as subjects for a study on aging and brain deterioration. Through the years, the study has grown to include nearly 700 sisters across the United States and continues to reveal groundbreaking insights into the aging process and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about “The […]

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4 Surprising Benefits of Coffee

4 Surprising Benefits of Coffee

Can’t live without your daily cup of joe? We don’t blame you! Although studies have historically shown the negative side effects of coffee, recent studies indicate that it can actually improve your health – from boosting brain power, to delaying Alzheimer’s disease and improving memory as you age. Surprising Benefits of Coffee Read on to learn more about […]

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