Life expectancy for individuals with Down syndrome has increased from 25 years in 1983 to 60 years today. Improved medical care, a stimulating home environment, friends, work and community involvement are some of the things that have contributed to this. However, aging with Down syndrome has many challenges. Some of these problems include early dementia, out living their parents and community isolation. Resources include the NDSS Alzheimer’s Disease & Down Syndrome Caregiving Book and the NDSS Aging and Down Syndrome Health and Well-being Guidebook.
2021 update on Aging and Life Expectancy