Like everyone else, adults who have Down syndrome need regular health care. If you have a loved one with Down syndrome , ensure that they are going to the doctor for regular checkups. They also may need to be checked for certain health problems that are more common in people who have Down syndrome. Examples include thyroid disease, arthritis , and problems with vision , hearing, and the cervical spine. Preventive care will help your relative stay healthy.
Down Syndrome in Adults: Staying Healthy
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Characteristics of Adults with Down Syndrome: Prevalence of Age-Related Conditions
Introduction: In the last decades, life expectancy of persons with Down syndrome DS has dramatically increased and it is estimated that they will be living as long as the general population within a generation. Despite being included among the progeroid syndromes, because of the presence of features typically observed in older adults, DS is still regarded as a disease of pediatric interest. Because limited knowledge is available on the clinical characteristics of adults with DS, this study aimed to assess clinical and non-clinical features of this population and to describe similarities to the geriatric population. Individuals were assessed through a standardized protocol.
Down syndrome continues to be the most common chromosomal condition, 1 , 2 with rising prevalence and increased survival. An estimated 1 in infants are born with Down syndrome in the US each year; the median life span is 57 years, with reported survival up to age 82 years. Mortality after age 20 years is associated with disorders of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, with severity of the level of intellectual disability, dementia, and mobility restrictions as important risk factors.