Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today.
But with that increased longevity comes an increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s. The latest medical research shows that about half of all adults who have Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s as they age. It’s very important for their caregivers to understand the signs and learn general caregiving principles and strategies specific to their changing needs.
To learn more, check out this informative post from the National Down Syndrome Society, A Caregiver’s Guide to Down Syndrome & Alzheimer’s Disease