What does the research tell us?
By Liz Evans and Tanya Duckworth
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Dr Liz Evans is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow and Tanya Duckworth is a research assistant with qualifications in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. They are from the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), within the School of Psychiatry at UNSW Sydney.
In this fantastic article, Evans and Duckworth give a comprehensive overview of the current research into the connection between Down syndrome and dementia. They also discuss the early signs of dementia and how to differentiate those signs from mental illness. There are also some great strategies for managing the onset of dementia for family members.
‘Research suggests that virtually all people with Down syndrome have a build-up of amyloid plaques in their brain by about the age of 40. Yet for most, the outward symptoms of dementia do not start for some years after this and some studies report people who live into old age without developing symptoms.’
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