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.

Diagnosis Matters: Is It Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia?

Diagnosis Matters: Is It Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two terms often used interchangeably. However, the two conditions are different and diagnosing the cause of impaired cognition is incredibly important. Learn more about other conditions that cause dementia and why getting the correct diagnosis is important. Why an Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia Diagnosis Matters It is not uncommon for […]

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10 Caregiver Tips for Traveling With Alzheimer’s

10 Caregiver Tips for Traveling With Alzheimer’s

Last Updated: May 3, 2019 Summer is just around the corner and for many of us, that means fun family vacations. These vacations can turn stressful, however, for caregivers who are traveling with a parent or senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Although it can be overwhelming, foresight and proper preparation make it possible. Learn more from these […]

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Active Minds Delay Dementia Symptoms, Not Disease

Active Minds Delay Dementia Symptoms, Not Disease

Last Updated: April 24, 2019 Researchers have found that active minds can help delay dementia symptoms, but a recent study has concluded that it does not delay the onset of the actual disease. Learn more about this research. Active Minds Only Delay Dementia Symptoms, According to Study A recent study published in Neurology has found that […]

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Will Education Really Reduce Dementia Risk?

Will Education Really Reduce Dementia Risk?

It is a long-held theory that the more time a person spends educating themselves, the better protected he or she is against dementia. Research has resulted in conflicting or inconclusive results, however, a new study suggests that while those with more education do demonstrate a higher level of cognitive functioning, it does not reduce dementia […]

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Dementia and Gut Bacteria: New Research Shows Link

Dementia and Gut Bacteria: New Research Shows Link

A new study presented at the International Stroke Conference and published online in the Scientific Reports journal has found a correlation between dementia and gut bacteria – finding that the depletion of certain gut bacteria results in an increased risk of the disease. Learn more about the study and what it means for the future […]

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Alzheimer’s and Gingivitis: Disease Linked to Gum Disease

Alzheimer’s and Gingivitis: Disease Linked to Gum Disease

Can brushing your teeth regularly boost your brain health? A new study suggests that brain and oral health may be closely linked. The study, published in Science Advances, links Alzheimer’s and gingivitis and also suggests that the bacteria may even spur the production of beta-amyloid proteins, a toxic protein that is a hallmark characteristic of the disease. […]

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Could a Blood-Brain Barrier Test Predict Dementia?

Could a Blood-Brain Barrier Test Predict Dementia?

As the search for a dementia cure continues, many researchers are prioritizing early detection and prevention of the disease. One way dementia can be spotted early is through biomarkers like changes in the function and size of the brain, as well as changes in – or composition of – cerebrospinal fluid and protein levels. Learn […]

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Blood Test Detects Onset of Alzheimer’s a Decade Early

Blood Test Detects Onset of Alzheimer’s a Decade Early

Last Updated: April 8, 2019 ‘The latest blood test to detect Alzheimer’s may be able to predict the disease 10 years before symptoms occur with 100% accuracy. Researchers from the National Institute on Aging are focusing on a protein in the brain called IRS-1 that may signal the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this study […]

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