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.

Alzheimer’s and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Alzheimer’s and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Nearly 40% of people with Alzheimer’s disease and 20% of family caregivers suffer from significant depression – nearly twice the rate of the general population. Depression can strike at any time, but seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of recurrent depressive episode, occurs during the same season each year. Learn more about how SAD affects people […]

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How Personalized Treatments Could Be the Key to Alzheimer’s

How Personalized Treatments Could Be the Key to Alzheimer’s

Delivering personalized medicine that is customized to each person’s unique physiology has been a goal of medical professionals for decades. Now, Alzheimer’s disease researchers have developed a personalized Therapeutic Intervention Fingerprint (pTIF) that can predict the effectiveness of targeting biological factors like beta-amyloid, inflammation and tau deposition) to control the disease in each individual person. […]

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How Scientists Are Personalizing Alzheimer’s Treatment

How Scientists Are Personalizing Alzheimer’s Treatment

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used for decades to treat neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. However, until now, every patient has received the same treatment. Now, researchers have developed a new approach to DBS treatments that could incorporate each individual’s brain activity. Learn more about the effects of DBS on brain health […]

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How Robots Could Help People With Dementia

How Robots Could Help People With Dementia

Every day we see robots making lighter work for humans. From assembly lines in factories to assisting doctors in operating rooms, to managing inventory. Now, a team of international scientists is exploring the ways robots can help people living with dementia. Learn more about the role of robots in dementia care and why researchers are […]

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Can Aspirin Reduce Alzheimer’s Plaque?

Can Aspirin Reduce Alzheimer’s Plaque?

The presence of beta-amyloid in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s is still revealing much about the pathology of the disease. One new study found that a low-dosage aspirin was able to reduce the amount of this toxic protein in mice that had been genetically modified to develop Alzheimer’s. Learn more about the role of […]

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How Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce the Risk of Dementia

How Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Last Updated: September 17, 2018 Research continues to show the impact that positive lifestyle changes can have on brain health, so the Alzheimer’s Association recently compiled simple steps to follow to prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia. Learn more about these steps and how they can help maintain, and in some cases improve, […]

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“Skinny Fat” Body Type Linked to Dementia

“Skinny Fat” Body Type Linked to Dementia

“Skinny fat,” also known as sarcopenic obesity, is a term for people who have a normal body mass index (BMI) but have a disproportionately high proportion of body fat. Mounting evidence suggests that being skinny fat could be just as damaging to your health as being obese or overweight. Learn more about the impact that body […]

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Midlife Weight Connected to an Earlier Risk of Alzheimer’s

Midlife Weight Connected to an Earlier Risk of Alzheimer’s

Last Updated: September 12, 2018 According to recent research, people who are obese or overweight at the age of 50 could be at an earlier, increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about the connection between midlife weight and Alzheimer’s and the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the disease. Investigating the Connection Between […]

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Chronic Inflammation Linked to Dementia

Chronic Inflammation Linked to Dementia

A recent study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, has found that individuals who have an increase in inflammation during midlife – that is maintained into late life – have greater abnormalities in the brain’s white matter, ultimately affecting cognitive function and possibly leading to dementia. Learn more about the study and what it […]

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