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This is an extensive guidebook written to caregivers about the changes that occur as people with Down syndrome grow older. It is broken into chapters that explain medical concerns, emotional and psychiatric concerns, information about Alzheimer's Disease and information about planning for old age. Click on the Web Links tab above to download the entire booklet, here is an excerpt from the introduction.

"Adults with Down syndrome are now reaching old age on a regular basis and are commonly living into their 50s, 60s and 70s. While there are many exciting milestones that accompany growing older, old age can also bring unexpected challenges for which adults with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers may not feel adequately prepared. In
order to enjoy all the wonderful aspects of a longer
life, it is important to be proactive and learn about issues that may lie ahead.

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 set the stage for successful aging.

The purpose of this booklet is to help with this process. It is intended to be used by various learners:
families, professionals, direct caregivers or anyone concerned with the general welfare of someone with Down syndrome."

Information taken from: http://www.ndss.org/PageFiles/2594/Aging%20and%20Down%20Syndrome%20A%20Health%20and%20Well-Being%20Guidebook.pdf
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