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Dementia & Down Syndrome

There Is a Link
Adults with down syndrome can show symptoms that are considered to be part of their down syndrome diagnosis, but are in fact early stage dementia symptoms. Make it a priority to learn about these symptoms so you can help your loved one before the diagnosis is too progressed.

It Could Be Dementia...Now What Can I Do?
Start keeping track of these symptoms over time. What are some behaviors that used to be normal, but now has your loved one struggling? How often are these symptoms appearing, and at what time of day? Download this symptom tracker to help you get started.

Reach out to a trusted professional to talk about these tracked symptoms. The staff and Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC are here to help you. Please call (920) 448-4300 or stop by the ADRC at 300 S. Adams St., Green Bay to get the help you need.

A common first step is to speak with your loved one's physician for further testing. Standard memory screens (like those given at ADRC) are not meant for testing adults with down syndrome. This makes it that much more important that you have an honest and open conversation with the physician that knows your loved one best.

Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Support Group
Connect with those just like you. If you are caring for a loved one with Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's disease, come to this support group. Learn from the best of both worlds: professionals from the Dementia Friendly Coalition in Brown County and caregivers, just like you, handling the same situation with their loved ones.

2nd Tuesday of every month

@ ADRC (300 S. Adams St., Green Bay)
Questions? Call ADRC: 920-448-4300.
Download the Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group flyer for more information.

Experience Dementia & Down Syndrome
Watch this short video, "Supporting Derek", to see first-hand what living with dementia AND down syndrome can be like.

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  • Support for Older People with Intellectual Disability: A Manual for Promoting Health
    Designed by the UW-Madison School of Nursing, this manual helps professionals support aging adults with an intellectual disability to remain in their own home.

  • Dementia Handbook
    This handbook, published by the ADRC of Brown County, is loaded with information and resources to guide you through the journey of dementia. It will be helpful if you are a caregiver, professional, or person who has been diagnosed with demenita.

  • Living with Dementia
    A helpful guide from Down's Syndrome Scotland, outlining common issues (eating, using the bathroom, adjusting to new surroundings) and ways to assist a person with Down Syndrome & dementia.

  • Aging & Down Syndrome: A Health & Well-Being Guidebook
    Produced by NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society), this guidebook looks at the common medical conditions associated with Down Syndrome as a person ages. Find useful tips on how to plan for aging with this condition.

  • Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
    This short handout from the Alzheimer's Association explains in more detail the link between Down Syndrome & dementia/Alzheimer's disease.
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