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Dementia Among Adults with Down Syndrome: Individual Differences in Risk and Progression

  • Dates: 20 – 20 Jan, 2010
AGING & END OF LIFE WEBINAR SERIES

Sponsored By AAIDD - AUCD - The Arc of the US - ANCOR – AAIDD Gerontology Division - RRTC on Aging & DD at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Moderator: Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, President AAIDD Gerontology Division

Topic: DEMENTIA AMONG ADULTS with DOWN SYNDROME: Individual Differences in Risk and Progression

Speaker:  Wayne Silverman, PhD., Director of Intellectual Disabilities Research, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and Associate Director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at KKI and Johns Hopkins University.

Speaker:  Wayne Silverman, PhD.  Dr. Silverman is the Director of Intellectual Disabilities Research, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and Associate Director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at KKI and Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Silverman and his colleagues have been studying effects of aging and Alzheimer's disease on adults with intellectual disability, especially adults with Down syndrome, for over 20 years. Dr. Silverman is an AAIDD Fellow and a past Board member, as well as the immediate past President of The Academy on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Webinar Description:  This presentation will provide an overview of currently available information on progression of dementia among adults with Down syndrome. General background material will be presented regarding the connection between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease, and findings from a large ongoing research program will be presented with an emphasis on individual differences in age of onset of dementia (i.e., risk) and rate of symptom progression. Additional findings regarding the effectiveness of "cognitive enhancing" medications will also be discussed, as will evidence supporting possible strategies for delaying declines in cognitive and functional abilities in vulnerable individuals.

Target Audience: Anyone interested in dementia and aging with intellectual disability, but especially anyone interested in planning services for elderly individuals with intellectual disability.

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