There are many misconceptions about people with Down syndrome. These misconceptions are largely a result of two contributing factors: 1 the syndrome itself has changed so fundamentally for the better with the dismantling of the inhumane institutions where people with Down syndrome were previously forced to live, and. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation GLOBAL is dedicated to correcting misconceptions and over time providing funding for research that will better address medical and cognitive issues associated with the condition. The CDC research shows that the chances of having a baby with Down syndrome does increase with age. However, younger women have more babies, so more children with Down syndrome are born to younger mothers.
Misconception: Only older parents have children with Down syndrome.
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.
Some Adults With Down Syndrome Can Live on Their Own; Others Live in a Group Environment
Continuos Publication. The estimated average survival of people with Down syndrome DS is currently over 50 years of age. This demographic finding warrants attention of health professionals who will care for an increasing number of adults with DS. Clinical evaluation of adults with DS should correlate characteristics inherent to the age group, especially the peculiarities produced by the syndrome.
Importance Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal condition, and average life expectancy has increased substantially, from 25 years in to 60 years in Despite the unique clinical comorbidities among adults with Down syndrome, there are no clinical guidelines for the care of these patients. Objective To develop an evidence-based clinical practice guideline for adults with Down syndrome.