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Mechanistic Analysis of Age-Related Clinical Manifestations in Down Syndrome

Author: Chen et al. - Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience (2021)

Abstract : Down syndrome (DS) is the most common genetic cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD) due to trisomy for all or part of human chromosome 21 (Hsa21). It is also associated with other phenotypes including distinctive facial features, cardiac defects, growth delay, intellectual disability,

Aging and Life Expectancy

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Today, people with Down syndrome (DS) are living longer and healthier than any other time in the past. In 1900 the life expectancy of people with DS was 9 years. By 1984, the life expectancy had increased to 28 years. Since then, the life expectancy of people with DS has increased to about

Use of Prolia to Treat Osteoporosis

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

We were asked a question about the use of Prolia to treat osteoporosis in individuals with Down syndrome. Osteoporosis is a condition in which a person's bones become brittle or weak. It can lead to an increase in fractures. Prolia is a prescription medication that is injected once every 6 m

Mental Wellness and Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (10/27/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD

This document contains the slides from a webinar on mental wellness and aging in adults with Down syndrome presented by Brian Chicoine, MD for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.

Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Slides (11/10/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

This document contains the slides from a webinar on aging and Alzheimer's disease in presented by Drs. Brian Chicoine and Katie Frank on 11/10/2020. Life expectancy is also discussed.

Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (11/10/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below is a recording of a webinar presented by Brian Chicoine, MD and Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L on November 10, 2020. Dr. Chicoine is the co-founder and medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Dr. Frank is the occupational therapist at the Center. In this presentation, they discu

Mental Wellness and Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome Webinar Recording (10/27/2020)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The link below takes you to a recording of a webinar presented by Dr. Brian Chicoine called "Mental Wellness and Aging in Adults with Down Syndrome." The webinar was hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.  Link to webinar   Link to presentation slid

Living with Dementia

Author: Down's Syndrome Scotland

This booklet for families and caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome discusses dementia. It is provided by Down's Syndrome Scotland (www.dsscotland.org.uk/resources/publications/).

Let's Talk about Dementia

Author: Down's Syndrome Scotland

This booklet for individuals with Down syndrome explains dementia using easy-to-read language. It is provided by Down's Syndrome Scotland (www.dsscotland.org.uk/resources/publications/).

Tips for Going Up and Down Stairs Safely

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Going up and down stairs can be challenging for some people with Down syndrome. Aging, differences in depth perception, unsteady gait, and other issues may contribute to difficulty with navigating stairs. The suggestions below may help with going up and down stairs safely.  Make sure there

Today & Tomorrow: A Guide to Aging with Down Syndrome

Author: Canadian Down Syndrome Society - Resource

The resource linked below is a guidebook on aging from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. While some of the information and recommendations are specific to Canada, the resource contains helpful information about health concerns, life and behavior changes, Alzheimer's disease, and other topi

Keeping Connected to Someone with Memory Loss

Author: All Trust Home Care

This two-page resource provides ideas for staying connected to someone who is experiencing memory loss.

Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome Presentation (2/26/2019)

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The video below is a recording of a presentation called "Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome" given by Brian Chicoine, MD on February 26, 2019. He provides an overview of Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome and covers topics including symptoms, diagnos

Advance Directives - Forms for Illinois Residents

Author: Illinois Department of Public Health - Website

An advance directive is a written statement you prepare that expresses how you want medical decisions made in the future should you not be able to make them yourself. Illinois law allows you to make four types of advance directives: a health care power of attorney; a living will; a mental h

Aging and Down Syndrome: A Health & Well-Being Guidebook

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Resource

The resource linked below is a guidebook from the National Down Syndrome Society . According to the Introduction, "Adults with Down syndrome, along with their families and caregivers, need accurate information and education about what to anticipate as a part of growing older, so they can se

Alzheimer's Disease & Down Syndrome: A Practical Guidebook for Caregivers

Author: National Down Syndrome Society - Resource

The guidebook linked below was published by the National Down Syndrome Society "to help empower families and caregivers with knowledge about the connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease, suggestions about how to carefully and thoughtfully evaluate changes that may be

The Role of Polypharmacy - General Aging in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Author: Julie A. Moran, DO - Geriatrician, Aging and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Specialist

The webinar recording below was shared by the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The presentation slides can be found at this link .   

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia: Low Bone Density

Author: Kevin Conley, MD - Family Medicine Resident, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Osteoporosis and osteopenia are conditions where bones become more brittle and prone to breaking. Osteopenia is the less severe form and a signal to work on improving bone health. Anyone can develop these conditions but women are more likely to – one-third of women will have a fracture due

Jenny's Diary: A Resource to Support Conversations about Dementia with People who have an Intellectual Disability

Author: Karen Watchman, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, & Sam Quinn - University of Stirling

The resource linked below is a free to download booklet and set of postcards aimed at supporting conversations about dementia with people who have an intellectual disability. https://www.learningdisabilityanddementia.org/jennys-diary.html

Nursing Home Placement

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Placement of individuals with Down syndrome in nursing homes has been a challenging issue for a number of years. In Illinois, many individuals with intellectual disabilities were sent to live in nursing homes in the past. However, not all of these individuals required this level of care –

Life Expectancy

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

As we mention in our resource “ Two Syndromes ,” there are four main areas that we see are affecting people with Down syndrome in a positive way. The effect has been so great in some situations that families of younger people with DS cannot relate to our stories about some of our

Longevity of a Woman With Down Syndrome

Author: Chicoine & McGuire - Mental Retardation (1997)

Abstract: A case of a woman who is among the longest surviving people with Down syndrome was described. The life expectancy of persons with Down syndrome has increased more than six-fold to 56 years since the turn of the century. The literature regarding life expectancy for persons with Down syndrom

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