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50% of older Down's patients have dementia

5th October 2009

Experts have called for better support for people with Down's syndrome who are aged over 50 and may have dementia. 

Half of the people with Down's syndrome who are over 50 could have Alzheimer's disease, as they are predisposed to developing the condition at a younger age. Professor Tony Holland, an expert in the psychiatry of learning disabilities at the University of Cambridge, said: "We would like...clear strategies put in place, which may vary across the country, that ensures they have access to the right services."

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