People with down syndrome begin to show symptoms of alzheimers disease in their 50s or 60s this type of alzheimers is not passed down from a parent to a child down syndrome and alzheimers research scientists are working hard to understand why some people with down syndrome develop dementia while others do not they want to know how . About down syndrome and alzheimers down syndrome also known as trisomy 21 is a condition in which a person is born with extra genetic material from chromosome 21 one of the 23 human chromosomes all human chromosomes usually occur in pairs with one copy inherited from a persons mother and one from the father. Estimates show that alzheimers disease affects about 30 of people with down syndrome in their 50s by their 60s this number comes closer to 50 the span of alzheimers disease alzheimers disease is a progressive disease gradually and steadily moving from early to middle to late stage. Down syndrome increases the risk of alzheimers disease people with down syndrome may experience health problems as they age that are similar to those experienced by older people in the general . Recognizing the early stages of alzheimers disease is difficult in people with down syndrome people with down syndrome have a wide range of health problems as they age and some of these may mimic or hide the presence of alzheimers disease
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