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.

How Dementia’s Financial Costs Take a Toll on Families

How Dementia’s Financial Costs Take a Toll on Families

Last Updated: August 3, 2018 It’s no secret that Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia bring emotional hardship to families and loved ones. But, the Alzheimer’s Association — who surveyed 3,500 caregivers in the United States — found that dementia’s financial costs also take a toll on families, bringing an insufferable financial burden to many family members. Take […]

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Why Is Alzheimer’s More Likely in Women?

Why Is Alzheimer’s More Likely in Women?

Last Updated: August 1, 2018 It’s no secret that women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers previously attributed this to the longevity of women, but scientists are finding that there may be other contributing factors to the disease. Learn more about the new studies and what may be causing more women to suffer from Alzheimer’s.  […]

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A Greater Focus on Gender in Alzheimer’s Research

A Greater Focus on Gender in Alzheimer’s Research

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Of the 5.5 million people over the age of 65 with Alzheimer’s in the United States, 2 million are men and 3.3 million are women. There’s no question that women bear the burden of Alzheimer’s and now experts believe that there is a missing link when […]

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Scientists Tailor Approach to Alzheimer’s

Scientists Tailor Approach to Alzheimer’s

In early March, 80 of the nation’s leading researchers and scientists gathered in Bethesda, Maryland for the 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit. Now, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released their recommendations for future Alzheimer’s and dementia research as part of the “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.” Learn more about the summit and […]

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How to Talk With a Parent About Dementia Symptoms

How to Talk With a Parent About Dementia Symptoms

Watching your parents age can be difficult and when signs of dementia appear, it can be harder than ever. Talking to parents about these changes may seem overwhelming, but having the tough conversation now can lead to an earlier diagnosis and will help everyone better cope with the changes. Learn more about talking to a parent […]

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Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia can cause confusion and disorientation as the disease progresses, which is why it is increasingly important to create safe environments for a senior loved one with the disease. Making your home easy to navigate for your loved one with Alzheimer’s is a crucial step in caregiving and one […]

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Helping a Loved One With Dementia Who Wanders

Helping a Loved One With Dementia Who Wanders

It is estimated that nearly 60% of people with dementia wander as confusion and disorientation lead them to search for a family member, former home or place of comfort when the disease progresses. It’s a major cause of concern for any caregiver as they try to keep their senior loved ones safe and well cared […]

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