This new research study looks at the causes of death for people with intellectual disabilities and specifically adults with Down syndrome. 

Important facts:

  • “for Down syndrome adults ‘Down syndrome’,and dementia were most common.” [cause of death]
  •  [people with intellectual disabilities] “die younger, from different causes than other people”
  • As caregivers, there are things we need to know and do to prevent early death of our loved ones:
    • “training to avoid aspiration/choking,
    • pain identification to address problems before they are advanced, and
    • reasonable adjustments to improve healthcare quality.”

The full research study is available below.

On Scribid 

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