Citation Watchman K (2007) Dementia and Down Syndrome: the diagnosis and support needed. Learning Disability Practice, 10 (2), pp. 10-14. http://journals.rcni.com/doi/abs/10.7748/ldp2007.03.10.2.10.c4256
Abstract Recent research has suggested that the early symptoms and signs of dementia in people with Down syndrome may be different from those experienced by the general population (Ballet al2006) and that the diagnosis of dementia is not routinely given to a person with Down syndrome (Wilkinsonet al2004). This article, following original research, suggests that early symptoms and signs of dementia reported by carers may be linked to understanding the type of dementia a person is experiencing. This understanding can be crucial to future care because using carers’ reports of early symptoms of dementia may help establish an accurate diagnosis and guide appropriate interventions.