Younger Onset Dementia Part 2 (Practical Strategies and Younger Onset Dementia)
- Support category - Improved Daily Living Skills
- Support item - Training for Carers/Parents
- Reference number - 15_038_0117_1_3
Who is this workshop for?
Parents and carers of adults with Down syndrome (aged 25+)
When and where
Course date: Wednesday 10th July 2019
Location: 18/71 Victoria Crescent, Abbotsford.
Studies show that by the age of 40, almost all people with Down syndrome will have some changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Because these changes build up slowly, they may not have the symptoms of dementia at this age, but they may develop in the future. The genetic process that is thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s is located on chromosome 21. Research suggests that people with Down syndrome therefore have a much higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and at a much earlier age, compared to the general population. Most studies report that around 50% of people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s disease by the age of 60 years, and that the average onset age is in the early to mid-50s.
This workshop looks at a variety of strategies that can be implemented to support an adult with Down syndrome, who is showing signs of symptoms of Younger Onset Dementia.
What will be covered?
- Healthy Ageing and Intellectual Disability
- What is Dementia
- Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome
- Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
- Supporting a person who has Dementia
- Planning for the future
Guest speakers: Janelle Russ Social Support Co-ordinator Client Services, Dementia Australia
Facilitator: Debby Fruamano Manager, Adult Support, Down Syndrome Victoria