Is dementia associated with Down Syndrome? How does Colonial Gardens’s memory care team manage this illness?
Dementia is a broad term that describes a group of illnesses that all cause cognitive decline such forgetfulness, problems with communication, difficulty following directions, etc.
Individuals with Down syndrome may develop dementia with characteristics almost identical to those of Alzheimer’s Disease. The recognition that Down Syndrome is associated with trisomy 21 assisted in connecting the possible genetic basis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Autopsy studies in people with Down Syndrome showed the majority had brain lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
While Down Syndrome and dementia are not reversible, a healthier lifestyle with a balanced diet, increased exercise, regimented medication management can help to manage the symptoms. The caring team at Colonial Gardens in West Columbia, South Carolina is trained in techniques to assist your loved one in navigating the challenges of this dementia.