People with Down Syndrome are now living longer than ever. And with this comes the increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The association has only become known recently.
Even a few decades ago the association was not known.
Because most didn’t live long enough to develop Alzheimer’s. They may have passed from heart ailments that are now readily treated. The life-saving technology and surgical techniques had not yet been invented.
Now it’s been found that those with Down Syndrome have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s at an early age compared to the general population. Because of their increased risk and early onset, they are now participating in Alzheimer’s research to find a cure. And new memory homes are being built especially for people with both Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s.
You can read more in this Wall Street Journal report by Amy Dockser Marcus