You might have heard people talking about their children with Down syndrome becoming restless. But what exactly it is and how does it affect people? Down syndrome is known as a leading genetic problem that affects learning, language, and memory of a person. In most cases, people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s, which is the most common form of Dementia. More than 50 percent of these patients start showing signs from the age of 50s and 60s.
The connection between the two
People with Down syndrome exhibit changes in their overall function. So the very first sign can be memory loss. Other symptoms could be:
- Decrease in interest to talk to people, and sharing thoughts.
- Reduced interest in daily activities.
- Anxiety or sadness.
- Aggression, or irritability.
- Disturbances in sleep or becoming restless.
- Variations in coordination and walking.
- Increase in noise or excitement.
Down syndrome shortens the life span of people who suffer from it. Therefore, such individuals go through a variety of conditions linked to aging. The average age of such people is 60 years which also becomes short for some people.
Down syndrome and Dementia are closely linked to each other. So a doctor should examine these individuals thoroughly. This is easy because it involves checking for changes in thinking-skills. Experts suggest recording daily functions, to identify early signs of Dementia so that treatment can start on time. Experts are trying hard to find treatment for people with Down syndrome and Dementia.
Such people need extra care by caretakers. It might become challenging to take care of such people at home as they may become harmful. They might harm themselves or others. So if you are one of those whose loved one has developed memory problems, then contact Eden Memory Care on 281 935 9115.