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ERIC Number: EJ784346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
How We Developed a Multidisciplinary Screening Project for People with Down's Syndrome Given the Increased Prevalence of Early Onset Dementia
Jervis, Nicola; Prinsloo, Linda
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v36 n1 p13-21 Mar 2008
There has been much research that has identified an increased prevalence of Dementia in adults with Down's syndrome when compared with the general population. Neuropathological changes associated with Alzheimer's dementia in the brain have been found in most people with Down's syndrome who die over the age of 35 years. Given the limitations of many assessments for dementia in relation to people with Down's syndrome for a single completion, it has been recommended that all people with Down's syndrome are assessed at least once in early adulthood in order that they have their own baseline which can be compared with in the future if changes in skills and abilities occur. The authors have had many requests from other services enquiring about this project and how a similar initiative could be set up in their area which is what has led us to write this article. Therefore, this article focuses on the way the Manchester Learning Disability Partnership approached screening 135 adults with Down's syndrome and details the assessments used, practical considerations, what has been learned and future service implications.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom