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Down Syndrome Families Aging Together as Life Expectancy Lengthens

Authors: Martin DeAngelis


This is a web-based article published on May 1st, 2010 in the Press of Atlantic City. The article reviews the experiences of people living in that area. Here is an excerpt that explains what the article is about:

"The average life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has gone up to about 60 years, the National Down Syndrome Society says — up sharply from the 25-year life span projected in 1983. But while the longer lives are cause for joy among the families of more than 400,000 people with Down syndrome in the United States, the increase in longevity is also producing new worries and challenges for those families who are aging along with them."

Here is the beginning of a story used to frame the article:

"Pat Gibson, who was 7 when her brother was born in 1961, is also convinced that ending the common practice of institutionalizing babies with Down syndrome also added greatly to the length of their lives — not to mention the quality of those lives.

Gibson took Kenny into her family’s Egg Harbor Township home in the early 1990s, when their mother, who has since died, became too sick to care for him. The two share a home off Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, near the Great Egg Harbor River, with Gibson’s husband, Ed, and their two sons, Jon and Glenn..."

Information taken from: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/atlantic/article_d909e2fa-559f-11df-8db4-001cc4c03286.html

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Name:Martin DeAngelis
Organization:The Press of Atlantic City

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