Health Series: Getting older
For each one of us, getting older is associated with many changes both biological and social. For someone with Down’s syndrome these changes can be particularly daunting and difficult. There is evidence to suggest that some biological problems related to ageing can occur earlier in people with Down’s syndrome than in the general population. The marked improvement in life expectancy for people with Down’s syndrome (an average of 50-60 years, compared to an average of 9 years around 1900) also means that the problems relating to the condition and old age are only now being researched and addressed.
This booklet aims to highlight some of the issues that may prove particularly relevant to people with Down’s syndrome and to their parents and carers as they get older.