ERIC Number: EJ762210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
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A Lifetime of Beating the Odds
Baker, Harold H.
Exceptional Parent, v37 n3 p36-37 Mar 2007
Byron Seibold recently celebrated his 70th birthday, which is not a remarkable milestone in today's era of extended longevity. Mr. Seibold has the typical maladies of aging--some vision and hearing issues, a bad hip, some memory lapses but no signs of Alzheimer's. His primary care physician, Dr. Chris Prater, attributes Mr. Seibold's good health as a septuagenarian to "good genes," which begins the remarkable part of the story. This article tells the story of Byron Seibold, the sixth child of Mike and Rebie Seibold, who was born in 1936 with the genetic condition of Down syndrome. His parents received the standard guidance of the day, being told he would never walk or talk and that they should not expect him to live past age eight. With the doctor's prognosis given at the time of his birth now disproved seventy times over, Byron's friends, family, and physician realize that reaching this age, without any of the attendant characteristics of dementia that affect an extremely high percentage of individuals with Downs syndrome, is, quite possibly, a significant landmark. Dr. Rick Rader, Director of Orange Grove Center's Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center at Orange Grove, and his executive assistant, Susan Jenkins, have researched the topic of longevity among those with Down syndrome and have determined that Mr. Seibold is quite likely one of, if not the, oldest living individual in the United States with Downs syndrome with no indication of dementia.
Descriptors: Dementia, Physicians, Down Syndrome, Genetics, Older Adults, Social Influences, Mental Retardation, Aging (Individuals)
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