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.

Dementia Treatment Drugs Could Be Available by 2025

Dementia Treatment Drugs Could Be Available by 2025

Success in recent drug trials is bringing new hope to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists and researchers in the field are encouraged by their results, predicting that dementia treatment drugs will be available in the next decade. Read more about the reasons for their optimism and the future of drug treatments for Alzheimer’s prevention. Hope […]

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Epilepsy Drug Could Treat Abnormal Alzheimer’s Brain Activity

Epilepsy Drug Could Treat Abnormal Alzheimer’s Brain Activity

Research suggests that many people with Alzheimer’s disease may have seizure-like activity occurring in the brain, even though the more physical attributes of a seizure are not present. A Harvard Medical School research team recently tested the effects of a common anti-seizure medication on abnormal brain activity in people with Alzheimer’s to find that the […]

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What You Need to Know About Familial Alzheimer’s Disease

What You Need to Know About Familial Alzheimer’s Disease

Familial Alzheimer’s disease is an exceedingly rare form of Alzheimer’s, that was recently brought to light by the film, “Still Alice.” Learn more about the heartbreaking disease that devastates families and how you can determine your own risk. Familial Alzheimer’s Disease Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) is a rare form of Alzheimer’s that is entirely passed down […]

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Two Generations of Alzheimer’s Under One Roof

Two Generations of Alzheimer’s Under One Roof

Early-onset Alzheimer’s is a devastating form of dementia affecting adults under the age of 65. The condition accounts for nearly 5% of Alzheimer’s disease cases and can wreak havoc on families, emotionally and financially. Learn more about early-onset Alzheimer’s and one family’s struggle with caring for two generations of Alzheimer’s under the same roof. Devastating […]

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The Connection Between Sleep Disruption and Alzheimer’s

The Connection Between Sleep Disruption and Alzheimer’s

As any Alzheimer’s caregiver knows, sleep disruption in people with Alzheimer’s disease is common and can be a serious issue. Researchers were not aware of what caused the disruption, until now. A study out of Cambridge suggests that the disease does not destroy the internal biological clock, but that it somehow becomes uncoupled from the sleeping […]

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Dementia Cruise for Family Caregivers

Dementia Cruise for Family Caregivers

What if you could book a one week cruise through the Eastern Caribbean designed specifically for dementia caregivers and their loved ones to learn, rejuvenate and relax? Sound too good to be true? Lori La Bey, founder of “Alzheimer’s Speaks” and radio host, is hosting a one week dementia friendly cruise to help caregivers and […]

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New Guidelines for Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia

New Guidelines for Diagnosing Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia is a type of dementia with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now, researchers have determined a new set of guidelines for diagnosing this type of dementia, which will hopefully lead to earlier detection and intervention of the disease. Learn more about Lewy body dementia, how it differs from Alzheimer’s and what […]

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Music and Memory Programs Decrease Use of Medication

Music and Memory Programs Decrease Use of Medication

The powerful effect of music on humans in undeniable. Music has the ability to transport us to a different place and time, to stir emotions and memories we have long forgotten. The same is true of music for people living with dementia and a new study shows that personalized music and memory therapy may help reduce […]

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