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  • There is a relationship between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease; however, there is still a lot to learn about this.
  • Not every person with Down syndrome will develop the clinical symptoms or behavioural changes typical of Alzheimer's disease.
  • People with Down syndrome are susceptible to several conditions that could be mistaken for dementia. See a specialist for advice.
  • Health professionals should do a baseline functional assessment annually from the age of 40. Carers or family should pass on information to the doctor about any changes they notice.

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Reviewed on: 13-09-2022