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.

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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Alzheimer’s Affects Twice as Many People as Estimated

Alzheimer’s Affects Twice as Many People as Estimated

It is currently estimated that 5.4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. However, new research shows that the number may actually be closer to 11 million people, when including those who are not yet showing symptoms of the disease. Learn more about the study that uncovered these numbers and why researchers believe more […]

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Researchers Discover Earliest Indicators of Alzheimer’s

Researchers Discover Earliest Indicators of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease develops secretly and silently, usually already in the mid-to-late stages before it is detected. A new study suggests that cognitive testing may reveal early indicators of Alzheimer’s, and researchers hope this non-invasive detection method becomes commonplace in annual checkups for seniors. Learn more about the importance of early detection for Alzheimer’s and how […]

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The Connection Between Dementia and Infections

The Connection Between Dementia and Infections

A study from Harvard University suggests the beta amyloid protein may develop in the brain to fight off infections that have crossed the blood-brain barrier. Learn more from this groundbreaking study about the connection between dementia and infections, and its implications on future studies. How Symptomless Infections Can Lead to Dementia A new study from Harvard University […]

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Raising Awareness of Invisible Disease

Raising Awareness of Invisible Disease

The United Kingdom is paving the way for Alzheimer’s research and advocacy. There are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and experts estimate that number will reach 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051.  Among other initiatives, the UK is raising awareness of invisible diseases, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Learn more […]

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Isolation Among Dementia Caregivers

Isolation Among Dementia Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s epidemic is increasing at an alarming speed. A new report from the CDC claims that the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s has increased 55% from 1999 to 2014. Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and 15 million Americans caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related […]

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Can a Person with Alzheimer’s Still Drive?

Can a Person with Alzheimer’s Still Drive?

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can turn a senior’s life upside down, making them feel afraid of both the diagnosis and of the future. The thought of taking away the freedom that comes with driving can be overwhelming. Learn more about when a loved one should stop driving and how to break the news with compassion and […]

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The Link Between Vascular Disease and Alzheimer’s

The Link Between Vascular Disease and Alzheimer’s

A recent study completed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University suggests that people who are at high risk for vascular disease may also be at high risk for dementia. While previous studies have noted a strong correlation between the two conditions, this study claims that the more risk factors an individual has for vascular disease, […]

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