HIGHER PREVALENCE OF ALZHEIMER'S IN PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME
Studies suggest that more than 75 percent of those with Down syndrome aged 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease, nearly 6 times the percentage of people in this age group who do not have Down syndrome.
Adults with Down syndrome are now reaching old age on a regular basis and are commonly living into their 50s, 60s and 70s. While there are many exciting milestones that accompany growing older, Adults with Down syndrome experience “accelerated aging,” meaning that in their 40s and 50s they experience certain conditions that are more commonly seen in elderly adults in the general population.
At Park Ridge we specialize in caring for adults with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities who require professional nursing and/or rehabilitative medical care. We strive to enhance the well being of our residents with Down syndrome by providing special social and recreational activities with an emphasis on health promotion in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Residents also benefit from our close relationship with the innovative and award winning Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and its Medical Director and co-founder, Dr. Brian Chicoine. Dr. Chicoine and his associate Dr. Erin Dominiak are currently on staff to help care for our residents with intellectual disabilities.
Brian Chicoine M.D., is the Medical Director and co-founder of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Advocate Medical Group and on the faculty of Family Medicine at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The Center has served and documented the health and psychosocial needs of over 5000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome since its inception in 1992. Dr. Chicoine presents regularly at national and regional conferences, has published numerous articles and co-authored two books "Mental Wellness of Adults with Down Syndrome," and "The Guide to Good Health for Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome."
Dr. Erin Dominiak joined the Center in September of 2007. She did several rotations as a medical student and as a Family Medicine Resident. She has also been involved in a number of research studies at the Center.Learn more about the Adult Down Syndrome Center