adults18People with Down's syndrome are now living into their 50s, 60s and 70s.  Ageing and people with Down's syndrome is a relatively uncharted area.  It is generally accepted that people with Down's syndrome age earlier than other adults.  Therefore they may experience age-related health problems at an earlier stage than is seen in the general population.  Dementia is a frequently voiced concern about people with Down's syndrome.  There is a tendency for people with Down's syndrome to develop dementia at a younger age than in the general population.  However, research indicates that the overall percentage of adults with Down's syndrome who develop dementia is similar to that of the population who do not have Down's syndrome.  It is not inevitable that those with Down's syndrome will develop dementia.

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