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October 28 - DS Awareness Month

October 28, 2020 07:00 AM
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Did you know? 

Alzheimer's disease is more common in people with Down syndrome.

One of the genes associated with Alzheimer's disease is found on the 21st chromosome. People with Down syndrome have an extra full or partial copy of the 21st chromosome and thus more of the gene associated with Alzheimer's disease. This is one of the reasons why adults with Down syndrome are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. While the risk is increased, not all individuals with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer's disease. 

On Tuesday, November 10 at 12:30pm Central, we will be hosting a webinar on aging and Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome. The presenters will be Brian Chicoine, MD, Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L, and Grace O'Connor, MEd, from the Adult Down Syndrome Center. To register for the webinar, please see this link.

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