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Differentiating Aging Among Adults With Down Syndrome and Comorbid Dementia or Psychopathology. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil 2016 Jan;121(1):13-24

Date

12/25/2015

Pubmed ID

26701071

Pubmed Central ID

PMC5391688

DOI

10.1352/1944-7558-121.1.13

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84954162169   9 Citations

Abstract

Differences were examined between three groups of adults with Down syndrome in their behavioral presentation, social life/activities, health, and support needs. We compared those with comorbid dementia, with comorbid psychopathology, and with no comorbid conditions. Adults with comorbid dementia were more likely to be older, have lower functional abilities, have worse health and more health conditions, and need more support in self-care. Adults with comorbid psychopathology were more likely to exhibit more behavior problems and to be living at home with their families. Adults with no comorbidities were most likely to be involved in community employment. Differences in behavioral presentation can help facilitate clinical diagnoses in aging in Down syndrome, and implications for differential diagnosis and service supports are discussed.

Author List

Esbensen AJ, Johnson EB, Amaral JL, Tan CM, Macks R

Author

Joseph L. Amaral PhD Assistant Professor in the Neurology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Aged
Aging
Comorbidity
Dementia
Down Syndrome
Female
Health Status
Humans
Male
Mental Disorders
Middle Aged