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.

The Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer’s Treatment

The Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer’s Treatment

Marijuana is a controversial topic in the medical community, with some well-respected doctors advocating for its use and others concerned about its addictive properties and long term effects. As researchers continue to explore the drug as a potential treatment to chronic and terminal illnesses, some studies are focusing their efforts on the effects of medical […]

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How Model Towns Help Those with Alzheimer’s

How Model Towns Help Those with Alzheimer’s

Model towns are a unique answer to memory care. These towns look like fully functioning towns and town centers, complete with all the amenities of any other town, but are specifically designed to ease the stress and anxiety of people living with an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia diagnosis. Learn more about these cities and their […]

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10 Ways to Say Thank You to a Caregiver on Thanksgiving

10 Ways to Say Thank You to a Caregiver on Thanksgiving

“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” William Shakespeare penned those words hundreds of years ago, but for families and friends of caregivers, they still ring true today. Caregivers selflessly give of their finances, hearts and time and ask for little or nothing in return. Take some time to […]

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Affects Families and Finances

Alzheimer’s Awareness Affects Families and Finances

A new study from the University of Utah suggests that people who have a family history of Alzheimer’s are more likely to seek expert financial advice and delay retirement than those who do not have a family history of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Learn more about this study and why researchers believe the Alzheimer’s […]

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What Alzheimer’s Disease Costs Caregivers

What Alzheimer’s Disease Costs Caregivers

A new survey has found that families who care for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, will spend more of their own money on caregiving expenses than their counterparts who care for someone without the disease. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease costs and the financial burden that a dementia diagnosis can […]

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Celebrating Caregivers During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Celebrating Caregivers During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well as National Caregivers Month. Caregivers are on the front lines of the fight against Alzheimer’s, witnessing its devastating effects daily. This month, let’s celebrate caregivers for all they do, and for the impact they have in the lives of people with Alzheimer’s, which cannot be overstated. Celebrating […]

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Alzheimer’s Linked to Toxic Air Pollution

Alzheimer’s Linked to Toxic Air Pollution

A new study has linked Alzheimer’s disease to a particle found in air pollution. Although there has been much speculation about the link between the two factors, this is the first study to confirm that toxic magnetite particles found in air pollution have made their way into human brain tissue. Learn more about the significance […]

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Japanese City Confronts Dementia Through Community Care

Japanese City Confronts Dementia Through Community Care

Japan is well-known for its community-centric culture where people care for each other well. As the world faces a looming Alzheimer’s disease and dementia epidemic, Japan is confronting the disease through training sessions, equipping everyday citizens to identify signs of dementia, prevent wandering, and get help. Learn more about how Japan is launching training programs […]

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Managing Contentious Behaviors in Loved Ones with Dementia

Managing Contentious Behaviors in Loved Ones with Dementia

Most people think of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as a brain disease. While dementia attacks the brain, the disease also brings a myriad of other symptoms including personality changes. These behaviors can include extreme anger and even violence, which can, in turn, create additional caregiver stress Learn more about behavioral changes in Alzheimer’s and how to […]

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