ID and Dementia
People with an intellectual disability, particularly people with Down syndrome, are at increased risk of developing dementia as they age. This is due to their genetic predisposition. Diagnosing dementia in people with an intellectual disability is complex because the person may already have difficulties in areas such as memory, language and being independent with self care needs.
The National Intellectual Disability Memory Service provides access to a Brain Health Clinic and to specialist assessment and comprehensive diagnostic work-up for memory concerns. They also have a wide range of support materials available.