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.

Scientists Identify Area of Brain Where Alzheimer’s Begins

Scientists Identify Area of Brain Where Alzheimer’s Begins

A study has led scientists to the spot in the brain where Alzheimer’s begins, allowing new insight into the pathology of the disease and encouraging prevention methods to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this study and its implication on the war against the disease. The Area of the Brain Where Alzheimer’s […]

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Alzheimer’s Linked to Fatty Acids

Alzheimer’s Linked to Fatty Acids

As the Alzheimer’s epidemic continues to rage, scientists seek to understand what causes the disease, how to prevent it and ultimately, how to cure it. As they learn more about the pathology of disease, a new study suggests that fatty acid metabolites in the brain may affect cognitive abilities and play a role in the progression of Alzheimer’s. […]

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Has Alzheimer’s Research Been Wrong for 20 Years?

Has Alzheimer’s Research Been Wrong for 20 Years?

Alzheimer‘s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Affecting over 5 million Americans, the disease is incurable and untreatable. Most of the research done to find a cure for Alzheimer’s has revolved around the beta-amyloid protein, but now, some researchers are suggesting the past twenty years of Alzheimer’s research targeting this […]

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SuperAgers and Alzheimer’s

SuperAgers and Alzheimer’s

A new study has concluded that “SuperAgers” lose brain volume slower than their peers and are protected from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Learn more about how SuperAgers are challenging common aging stereotypes and giving researchers new insights into how the brain ages and is affected by dementia. SuperAgers Resistant to Normal Rate […]

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Boot Camp Helps Prepare Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Boot Camp Helps Prepare Alzheimer’s Caregivers

As the Alzheimer’s epidemic rages on, younger family members find themselves responsible for senior loved ones battling the disease. In an effort to better prepare younger generations for the challenges of caregiving, the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program has developed a boot camp to educate and equip caregivers of all ages.  Learn more about this […]

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Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Rarely Disclosed to Patients

Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Rarely Disclosed to Patients

A report released by the Alzheimer’s Association found that only 45% of people with Alzheimer’s disease had been told of their diagnosis. While many doctors may be trying to protect their patients from the devastating diagnosis, their non-disclosure is more harmful than good. Learn more about this report and what a non-disclosed diagnosis can mean […]

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How Buddy Programs Are Affecting Alzheimer’s Patients

How Buddy Programs Are Affecting Alzheimer’s Patients

It’s a statistic that we all know too well. More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia, and the number is estimated to triple by 2050. Some universities are responding to these staggering numbers by instituting a “buddy” program, pairing medical students with dementia patients. Learn how the program is […]

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Mind’s Eye Poetry: Rewriting Dementia

Mind’s Eye Poetry: Rewriting Dementia

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Molly Middleton Meyer, founder of Mind’s Eye Poetry — a poetry workshop and organization opening new worlds to people with dementia and their caregivers. Learn more about the story behind Meyer’s organization, her unique  workshops, and how you can get involved with her mission to care for people with […]

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Aquatic Exercise for Dementia

Aquatic Exercise for Dementia

Today’s memory care communities strive to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia on a variety of levels. One way to engage residents and keep them active is through aquatic exercise. More than having fun in the pool, water exercise classes can actually be therapeutic and beneficial for people living with neurodegenerative conditions. […]

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