As they age, those affected by Down syndrome have a greatly increased risk of developing a type of dementia that’s either the same as or very similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
What age does Alzheimer’s start in Down syndrome?
Adults with Down syndrome often are in their mid to late 40s or early 50s when Alzheimer’s symptoms first appear. People in the general population don’t usually experience symptoms until they are in their late 60s.
How Down syndrome causes Alzheimer’s?
Scientists believe that the extra chromosome that causes Down Syndrome, chromosome 21, also contributes to the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease seen in these individuals.
Do people with Down syndrome have brain problems?
We know that people with Down syndrome have difficulties with brain function, including problems with learning, memory and speech throughout life, as well as the onset in later life of increased cognitive problems associated with the brain changes of Alzheimer’s disease.
Does Down syndrome get worse with age?
Adults with Down syndrome experience “accelerated aging,” meaning they will age faster than the general population. It is expected that adults with Down syndrome will show physical, medical, and cognitive signs of aging much earlier than what is expected for their age.
What is the main cause of dementia?
Dementia is caused by damage to or changes in the brain. Common causes of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease. This is the most common cause of dementia.
What are the behaviors of Down syndrome?
The most common mental health concerns include: general anxiety, repetitive and obsessive-compulsive behaviors; oppositional, impulsive, and inattentive behaviors; sleep related difficulties; depression; autism spectrum conditions; and neuropsychological problems characterized by progressive loss of cognitive skills.
Can a Down syndrome child look normal?
Some of the children with Mosaic Down syndrome that we know do not actually look as if they have Down syndrome – the usual physical features are not obvious. This raises some important and difficult social issues and identity issues for both parents and children, which parents have discussed with us.