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Common Mental Health Disorders and Cognitive Decline in a Longitudinal Down Syndrome Cohort

Author: Idris et al. - BJPsych Open (2023)

Abstract Background:  Down syndrome is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability and Alzheimer's disease. In the general population, common mental disorders (CMDs), inc

Incidence and Clinical Outcomes of Pneumonia in Persons with Down Syndrome in the United States

Author: Janoff et al. - Vaccine (2023)

Abstract Background:  Persons with Down syndrome (DS) experience an increased risk of pneumonia. We determined the incidence and outcomes of pneumonia and relationship to underlying comorbidi

Evaluating Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Down Syndrome

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DS-ASD Workgroup

Evaluating Challenging Behaviors in Adults with Down Syndrome    is a resource for health care professionals developed by the Down Syndrome-Autism Spectrum Disorder Workgroup of the

Resources on Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Learning how to manage our stress in healthy ways is a lifelong process. We have compiled a list of resources below that may help people with and without Down syndrome who are workin

Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The handouts linked below were developed to teach individuals with Down syndrome how to think more positively. If an individual has an automatic negative thought (or ANT), they can squish it or brush

My Stress Triggers Visual

Author: Abigail Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

There are many things that might make us feel stressed.  My Stress Triggers    gives examples of things that might make us feel stressed. What causes you to feel st

How to Cope with Stress

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Coping with stress is an important and necessary part of life. There are some strategies that can help us manage our reactions to different life stressors. The steps below are strategies that I use wi

Weight Loss and Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome

Author: Fleming et al. - Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (2023)

Abstract Background:  Virtually all adults with Down syndrome (DS) develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, but research gaps remain in understanding early signs of AD in DS. Objec

Plan For Managing My Emotions

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Visual Handout

When we talk about emotions during our social skills groups for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, we explain that it is ok to feel any emotion; however, it is not ok to have negative

Things I Can Do to Help Me Calm Down

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual handout shares activities you can do to help yourself calm down.

"I" Statements

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

"I" statements are a way to share how we feel in a clear, calm, and respectful way. The handouts pictured below explain the components of "I" statements. There is a

Alzheimer's Disease Story

Author: Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The stories linked below were developed to help individuals with Down syndrome understand what Alzheimer's disease is and how Alzheimer's disease may affect someone i

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Cerebrovascular Disease, and Amyloid in Older Adults with Down Syndrome Across the Alzheimer's Continuum

Author: Lao et al. - Sleep Advances: A Journal of the Sleep Research Society (2022)

Abstract We determined the extent to which obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with increased cerebrovascular disease and amyloid burden, and the relation of the two processes across clinical

Association of Alzheimer Disease with Life Expectancy in People with Down Syndrome

Author: Iulita et al. - JAMA Network Open (2022)

Abstract Importance:  People with Down syndrome have a high risk of developing Alzheimer disease dementia. However, penetrance and age at onset are considered variable, and the association of

Down Syndrome EyeWiki

Author: American Academy of Ophthalmology - Eye Encyclopedia

EyeWiki is an Eye Encyclopedia developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology with content contributed by ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons). There is a Down syndrome page wit

Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions Among 6078 Individuals with Down Syndrome in the United States

Author: Rivelli et al. - Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews (2022)

Abstract Findings from a recent study of the largest documented cohort of individuals with Down syndrome (DS) in the United States described prevalence of common disease conditions and strongly sugges

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 phenoty

Cross-Sectional Exploration of Plasma Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease in Down Syndrome: Early Data from the LIFE-DSR Study

Author: Hendrix et al. - Journal of Clinical Medicine (2021)

Abstract With improved healthcare, the Down syndrome (DS) population is both growing and aging rapidly. However, with longevity comes a very high risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The LIFE-DSR

Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome (2nd Edition)

Author: Dennis McGuire, PhD and Brian Chicoine, MD - Book (2021)

The PDF linked below is a copy of the second edition of Dr. McGuire and Dr. Chicoine's book originally published by Woodbine House Publishing in 2021. After Woodbine closed in 2022, the publis

Pneumonia and Respiratory Infections in Down Syndrome: A Scoping Review of the Literature

Author: Santoro et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (2020)

Abstract Pneumonia and respiratory infections impact infants and children with Down syndrome; pneumonia is a leading cause of mortality in adults with Down syndrome. We aimed to review the literature

Down Syndrome Disintegrative Disorder: A Clinical Regression Syndrome of Increasing Importance

Author: Rosso et al. - Pediatrics (2020)

Abstract Down syndrome disintegrative disorder (DSDD), a developmental regression in children with Down syndrome (DS), is a clinical entity that is characterized by a loss of previously acquired adapt

Self-Injurious Behavior

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

What is self-injurious behavior? Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is behavior that an individual does that results in harm to their own body. These behaviors may include hitting oneself, striking a body

Let's Talk About Dementia: A Booklet About Dementia for Adults with Down's Syndrome

Author: Down's Syndrome Scotland - Resource

This easy read booklet about dementia for individuals with Down syndrome was developed by Down's Syndrome Scotland. It can be used to support people with Down syndrome who are developing demen

Down Syndrome and Dementia: Advances in the Field

Author: McGlinchey et al. - Current Opinion in Psychiatry (2020)

Abstract Purpose of Review:  People with Down syndrome represent the world's largest population with a genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. This review will provide a short s

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