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Title: Aging with Down Syndrome by Home Care Assistance York


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Aging with Down Syndrome
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If someone you love has Down Syndrome and is
getting older, you'll be happy to know that it is
now very common for them to be able to live well
into their 50's, 60's, or even 70's. However,
that's not to say that there aren't certain
complications associated with the aging process
that it will benefit you to be aware of. If you'd
like to be more prepared for the coming years,
the information presented below will be of great
help.
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Generally speaking, adults with Down Syndrome can
expect to experience the aging process at a more
accelerated rate, which means it's not uncommon
for them to start slowing down in their 40's.
This can entail a number of things, including eye
problems, like cataracts. Adults with Down
Syndrome are particularly prone to this. Hearing
loss is another issue that is quite common. The
people around them may need to start
accommodating for this by recognizing that it's a
normal part of their aging process, and ensuring
that they go to regular doctor appointments to
ease the issues.
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  • Adults with Down Syndrome are also more prone to
    developing Alzheimer's disease. The extra genetic
    material associated with the disease often leads
    to this. Some of the symptoms associated with
    this to look out for include
  • Memory loss
  • Forgetfulness
  • Decreased ability to pay attention
  • Reduced interest in social activities
  • Restlessness

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If you start to notice any of these symptoms in
your loved one with Down Syndrome, consider
taking them to get checked by a doctor.
The appearance of adults with Alzheimer's also
tends to change faster, as dermatological and
autoimmune aging symptoms are sped up. This can
translate to wrinkling, and hair loss or graying
faster than you would expect in someone without
Down Syndrome. Additionally, if you notice that
their mobility is not what it once was, know that
people with Down Syndrome are also at increased
risk for osteoarthritis. You can help by making
sure their diet is balanced so that no extra
weight is put on.
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While it can be very difficult to watch the
person with Down Syndrome who is close to you
start aging, remember that - especially in this
day and age - managing the symptoms is something
that definitely can be done. The most important
part is to be aware of what to expect so that you
aren't blindsided. Your loved one is going to
need you more than ever as they begin the aging
process, so feeling confident that you know what
to expect is a crucial part of being a good
caregiver. Lastly, Be sure to have a doctor you
trust.
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Thanks for Watching
No need to ask your ageing loved ones to move
away from the comfort of their homes to get help
with their failing health. Home Care Assistance
York caregivers are ready to assist you with all
the general and medical needs of seniors.
Home Care Assistance York www.homecareassistanceyo
rk.com Address 2304 Linglestown Road Harrisburg,
PA 17110 Contact Us (717) 540-4663
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