Canadian Down Syndrome Society Healthy Aging Resources
To help plan and prepare for the future, it is important for family members and caregivers to understand and support the aging process for those living with Down syndrome. The resource links below include some up-to-date information regarding aging, but as more research and support is made available, ideas and best practice may change. By being proactive and learning about issues that may lie ahead you can look forward to a positive aging experience for all.
CDSS Today & Tomorrow A Guide to Aging with Down Syndrome
Navigate the next stage of life with useful information, resources and community stories. This resource was designed to help people with Down syndrome and the people who care for them to learn about the aging process and to plan and prepare for the future.
Overview of Health Concerns for Adults with Down Syndrome
Adults with Down syndrome generally face many of the same health concerns as everyone else. However, there are a few health concerns that can be more common as a person with Down syndrome ages.
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Life and Behaviour Changes in Adulthood
Behaviour is a form of communication for everyone but especially for people with Down syndrome. If there has been a gradual or sudden change in your loved one’s behaviour, this may indicate they are experiencing the initial signs of aging.
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Alzheimer’s disease can be more common for people with Down syndrome than the general population due to the presence of extra genetic material in the 21st chromosome.
Click here to read more about Alzheimer’s disease
Talking about Death—A Parent’s Guide
A period of grief is often associated with the death of a close family member, friend, or pet. We all grieve in a different way and in our own time and so do people with Down syndrome.
Click here to read more about death and grieving
Additional Resources on Aging and Down Syndrome
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is here to serve its membership, and anyone who may need access to information and resources about Down syndrome.
Although our office is temporarily closed, our team remains available to serve you via remote operations.
You can reach us toll free in Canada at 800.883.5608 or 403.270.8500, where we ask that you leave a message in our general mailbox, or with a specific team member via the staff directory. You can also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to visit our health resources page which now includes COVID-19 information. COVID-19 resources are also available via social media at the links below. Browse hashtag #T21COVID19 when seeking out resources that are specific to Down syndrome and COVID-19.
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