It has been almost 150 years since Dr Langdon Down first brought to our attention people with Down syndrome. Life expectancy, level of intellectual functioning, physical health, psychological health, social functioning, and integration into society are all issues that have markedly changed since 1866. The matter of ageing in people with Down syndrome has consistently remained an area of intense interest. This book documents the most important published literature on the issue of dementia and Down syndrome published since Dr Langdon Down's momentous paper. Further, a number of publications from the general population which have had significant impact in the field of dementia and Down syndrome, and a number of papers in young adults and children with Down syndrome that have important implications for the ageing population have been included.
This book presents current research in the study of non-pharmacological treatment proposed in dementia care. Topics discussed include cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation, oral and reading comprehension, new technologies, educational intervention for caregivers, and contributions of pharmacological therapies.
At the heart of the book is a carer's story. However, it is much, much more than that. It is a book about being human, about the ups and downs of life, about loving, about trying to make sense and work out, and around the things that life throws at you how you have to find a way of living without ever forgetting your loved one. Beautifully written with love and confidence about a poignant time in the life of a family. The Struggle to retain the self of a beloved husband and father and the harsh reality of living with dementia is all too clear.
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