Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome

Summary:

“Studies suggest that more than 75 percent of those with Down syndrome aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, nearly 6 times the percentage of people in this age group who do not have Down syndrome.” (Alzheimer’s Association) As parents and caregivers, we know the statistics. This course will address the research and go further to help us recognize the early signs, understand what other issues can cause dementia-like symptoms, and prepare for the added caregiving responsibilities should the need arise.

Topics:

  • Current research
  • What to look for and rule out – early testing
  • Caregiving resources
  • Personal stories

Sample Resources:

  • de Sola, S., de la Torre, R., Sanchez-Benavides, G., Benejam, B., Cuenca-Royo, A., del Hoyo, L., … & TESDAD Study Group. (2015). A new cognitive evaluation battery for Down syndrome and its relevance for clinical trials. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 708.
  • University of California Television (UCTV). (Aug 22, 2014) Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease – On Our Mind (Video)
  • Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome Decline in Skills –Could it be Alzheimer’s disease? – Advocate Health Care – Adult Down Syndrome Center