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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

Lactose Intolerance

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

People with Down syndrome can experience a variety of gastrointestinal issues. One of them is intolerance to foods containing lactose. Lactose is a sugar found in dairy products like milk and ice crea

Protein Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

As described in the USDA MyPlate program   , protein is an important part of a healthy plate. This video on protein is the third part of our "Cooking Well and Feeling Well at the Adu

Dairy Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

As described in the USDA  MyPlate program   , dairy is an important part of a healthy plate. This video on dairy is part of our "Cooking Well and Feeling Well at the Adult D

Serving Sizes Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

Knowing how much to eat can be challenging. In this video on serving sizes, Jeff and Kurt share tips for eating appropriate amounts of different types of foods. They show how the size of our hand can

Bereavement

Author: Down's Syndrome Association - Booklet

People with and without Down syndrome experience grief and sadness when a loved one dies. We have learned from individuals with Down syndrome and their families that grief can be experienced different

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 ac

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

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 s

Healthy Eating at Buffets Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

Making healthy choices at a buffet can be challenging. In this video, Carly and Tyler explain and demonstrate helpful tips to address this challenge. The tips in this video also apply to potlucks, fam

Grains Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

As described in the USDA MyPlate program   , grains are an important part of a healthy plate. This video on grains is the second part of our "Cooking Well and Feeling Well at the Adu

Fruits and Vegetables Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

As described in the USDA MyPlate program   , fruits and veggies are an important part of a healthy plate. This video on fruits and veggies is the first part in our "Cooking

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 t

Grief - Ways to Help Support Someone with Down Syndrome Who is Grieving

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Ways to Help Support Someone with Down Syndrome Who is Grieving Acknowledge and normalize the person’s feelings. It’s important for someone to know that their feelings, whatever th

Grief - 10 Things I Know

Author: Shana Sexton, LCSW - Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

I’ve heard it said that everyone experiences loss in their lives, although some people have more than others. People with Down syndrome encounter situations involving grief and loss just lik

Healthy Pace for Eating Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

Eating too fast can cause us to get a stomachache, cough, or even choke. If we eat more slowly, we can enjoy our food and be healthier. This video talks about a healthy pace for eating snacks and meal

Hydration Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

Drinking plenty of water helps us stay healthy. In this video, Julia talks about the importance of hydration and how to keep hydrated. 

Healthy Food and Drink Choices Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

Some food and drink choices are healthier than others. In this video, Molly and Peter help us identify the healthier choice between two food or drink options. A corresponding visual handout can be fou

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.learningdisab

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 nursi

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 so

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