The outlook for adults with Down syndrome has changed drastically over the past few decades. In the early s, a person with Down syndrome was expected to live fewer than 10 years. Today, many people with the genetic disorder live to their fifties and sixties. Now many people with Down syndrome do work and have independence. And that means what options are available for some people with the developmental disorder will not necessarily be good options for others. Some individuals have no problem taking the train or bus to go about their day-to-day activities.
Misconception: Only older parents have children with Down syndrome.
Misconception: A child with Down syndrome will ruin a marriage.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Introduction: In the last decades, life expectancy of persons with Down syndrome DS has dramatically increased and it is estimated that they will be living as long as the general population within a generation. Despite being included among the progeroid syndromes, because of the presence of features typically observed in older adults, DS is still regarded as a disease of pediatric interest. Because limited knowledge is available on the clinical characteristics of adults with DS, this study aimed to assess clinical and non-clinical features of this population and to describe similarities to the geriatric population.
Back to Down's syndrome. Your family, friends, carer, support worker or personal assistant can help you with these things if you need it. Doing exercise can make you fitter, healthier and feel better. And it's a great way to meet people and make friends. Page last reviewed: 21 October Next review due: 21 October Support for adults - Down's syndrome Contents What is Down's syndrome? Advice for new parents How to help children and young people Support for adults Support for families and carers Other health conditions. Day-to-day life You may need help with day-to-day things like: cooking food cleaning shopping going to appointments Your family, friends, carer, support worker or personal assistant can help you with these things if you need it. If you need more support than you're currently getting: call the Down's Syndrome Association helpline on visit the Mencap website for advice on how to get support visit GOV. UK for more information about benefits Choosing where you live You might be thinking about where you want to live.
Ageing and the problems of old age are particularly relevant to people with Down's syndrome, as some of these age-related problems develop earlier in life than would normally be the case. The importance of supporting children with special needs so that they have the opportunity to acquire the necessary educational, living and social skills to equip them for adult life has been recognised for some time. However, in contrast, the needs of adults, and the importance of supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families at times of transition, has been relatively neglected. Whilst the potential difficulties associated with the transition from childhood to adult life is now receiving more attention the fact that needs may change yet again in later adult life is only now beginning to be considered. In the transition from full-time education, a major concern is that there is a very limited selection of support services for adults, and individuals can move from a relatively structured environment of special education to very limited support and opportunities.