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 a Neck Scan Could Identify Dementia Before Symptoms Occur

How a Neck Scan Could Identify Dementia Before Symptoms Occur

There are approximately 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. There is no cure or treatment for the disease, but early diagnosis can help mitigate symptoms, expand options and allow for financial and legal planning. Many researchers are focusing their efforts on early diagnosis and prevention. A recent study has found that an ultrasound of […]

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Detecting Alzheimer’s Decades Early

Detecting Alzheimer’s Decades Early

Last Updated: March 29, 2019 With the Alzheimer’s epidemic on the rise, researchers are focusing their efforts on early detection and prevention to mitigate symptoms and potentially slow the progression of the disease. Learn more about why detecting Alzheimer’s early is important and about the technologies that are changing the future of disease research. Detecting […]

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Frailty Found to Be a Risk Factor for Dementia

Frailty Found to Be a Risk Factor for Dementia

As researchers learn more about the pathology of dementia, they are looking more into which factors result in the disease and its symptoms. A recent study published in The Lancet Neurology journal found a correlation between high levels of frailty and dementia-related changes in the brain. Learn more about frailty as a risk factor for […]

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How to Prevent Unnecessary Antipsychotic Use in Dementia

How to Prevent Unnecessary Antipsychotic Use in Dementia

Antipsychotic drugs, also known as neuroleptics, are a type of medication often prescribed to treat people with mental health issues. These drugs are also used to treat the behavioral and psychological symptoms of people with dementia. Some medical professionals are concerned, however, about an over-diagnosis of these medications as they can increase the risk of […]

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The Effects of Behavioral Therapy on Alzheimer’s

The Effects of Behavioral Therapy on Alzheimer’s

Last Updated: March 6, 2019 A new study has concluded that behavioral therapy may be more effective in treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease than commonly prescribed antipsychotic medications. Learn more about the study, the benefits of behavioral therapy and the risks of antipsychotic medication for people with Alzheimer’s. Antipsychotic Medication vs. Behavioral Therapy As most Alzheimer’s caregivers […]

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How to Find Support Groups for Those With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

How to Find Support Groups for Those With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Last Updated: March 1, 2019 An early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be devastating for everyone involved. As more attention is brought to Alzheimer’s by films like “Still Alice,” we hope more awareness, funding and support will be given to those coping with this disease. Learn more about early-onset Alzheimer’s, support groups for the disease that are available […]

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What Are the Top Early Signs and Symptoms of Dementia?

What Are the Top Early Signs and Symptoms of Dementia?

As dementia reaches epidemic proportions worldwide, it’s only natural to become concerned with our parents or senior loved ones becoming forgetful. However, dementia is more than just forgetfulness and can occur within a variety of potential diseases. If you’re becoming increasingly worried about a loved one, it’s helpful to know the early signs of dementia to […]

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UCLA Helps Prepare Alzheimer’s Caregivers

UCLA Helps Prepare Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Last Updated: February 15, 2019 As the Alzheimer’s epidemic increases, younger family members may find themselves responsible for senior loved ones with 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 caregiver education, training and webinars to equip Alzheimer’s caregivers of […]

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