Recognizing early signs of Alzheimer's in Down's patients

11/10/2003 | ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners

More than a quarter of people with Down Syndrome over age 35 manifest signs of dementia, and adult patients have a 3 to 5 times greater risk of developing Alzheimer's than those in the general public, especially at an early age. Changes to a patient's care environment should be made if the early stages of the disease, such as the ones listed below, are noted:

  • Memory loss and coordination difficulties.

  • Personality changes, such as aggression or withdrawal.

  • Increased in daily living difficulties.

  • Psychical problems such as loss of bladder control or an onset of seizures.
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