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Posted by deb on September 16, 2000 at 13:56:58:

In Reply to: Re: Is it typical for downs individuals to develop alzheimers? posted by Lee on September 11, 2000 at 10:03:54:

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: : I work for a foundation that provides services to individuals with various disabilities, and I'm in a group home setting. I am very disturbed that one of the ladies who has down's syndrome is assumed to be in the early stages of this sad disease, alzheimers, and I was wondering if it's common, and if it's fatal. I am very uninformed, and I need to know.

: Hello.How old is this lady? What is her level of comprehension? Typically I have not heard of
: any Down Syndrome older than 40.They tend to "forget" ALOT anyway.I hope this helps.

Alzheimers is common in Down Syndrome. The platelets in the brain of an Alzheimers patient are very similar to those of someone with Down Syndrome. I've heard that anywhere from 75% to 90% of Down Syndrome folks will develop Alzheimers -- if they live long enough. 40 is young but it does happen.


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