Researchers in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) believe there are at least 180,000 older adults with I/DD in the US. Of these people, 11,000 will be affected by dementia. Most people with I/DD in general are as likely as older adults without disabilities to have dementia. However, people with Down syndrome are more likely to have dementia in their life, with 30-40% of people with Down syndrome having dementia by age 50. The average age of the ‘onset’ – that is, when we first notice changes – in adults with Down is age 52. This percentage increases as people age.
People with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) may experience the challenges of dementia in different ways than people without disabilities and older adults. All changes for a person with I/DD should be considered in relation to the abilities they had previously – their baseline. Family, friends, and trusted staff who see a person daily are often the experts in recognizing and noticing these changes.
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Join us at these two training opportunities:
JUNE 4: Tell Us What You Think about Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome (Download and share our flyer.)
The Wisconsin Campaign for Alzheimer’s Awareness is hosting a Focus Group Discussion with Self-Advocates* and Families
We know people with Down syndrome are at great risk to develop Alzheimer’s.
We want to know:
- How would you like to learn about Alzheimer’s?
- What are helpful ways to support you and your family?
- How would you like to take charge of your health?
Sponsored by The Arc Wisconsin; Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin; Alzheimer’s Association; Wisconsin Upside Down
Join our Focus Group:
Tuesday, June 4
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
11709 W Cleveland Ave, Suite 2
West Allis, WI 53227
Pizza and other refreshments provided.
You Must register to tell us you are coming:
- RSVP at this link: https://bit.ly/2DxqjYO
*Recommended age 15+
**This discussion will occur during DSAW’s regularly scheduled Life Skills Bootcamp
Questions: Call The Arc Wisconsin at 608-422-4250
JUNE 5: The Wisconsin Campaign for Alzheimer’s Awareness presents a training for Professionals (Download and share our flyer.)
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Presented by experts from:
The Arc Wisconsin and the Alzheimer’s Association l Southeastern Wisconsin
Wednesday, June 5
My Choice Family Care Inc.
10201 W. Innovation Dr. Suite 100
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Seating is Limited!
RSVP to save your spot: https://forms.gle/56QcqDtNz581zoBB9
Training will also be made available through a GoTo meeting (remote) option.
Questions: Contact The Arc Wisconsin firstname.lastname@example.org