Down Syndrome (cont.)
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Adults with Down Syndrome
Adults with Down syndrome age prematurely. This leads to an increased risk for memory loss, dementia, late-onset seizures (tonic-clonic seizures in particular), and hypothyroidism. Many individuals will show signs of dementia and develop early-onset Alzheimer's disease by age 40. By the age of 60, 50%-70% of adults with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer's disease. Since individuals with Down syndrome are already cognitively impaired, it is challenging to diagnose dementia in this population.
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