Bioscience

Alzheimer’s disease strikes people with Down syndrome

November 20, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Your East Valley] – Although Grace Pollack of Sun City was born with Down syndrome, she was a big help in raising her nieces and nephews over the past 26 years.

Lately, Grace, 60, no longer recognizes the children she once considered her own because, in addition to Down syndrome, Grace also has Alzheimer’s disease — the progressive and fatal brain disorder that causes memory loss and problems with thinking and other behaviors.

For Grace, it manifested in her inability to do tasks she did for the past 25 years, and led to a need for 24-hour supervision, said her sister and brother-in-law, Polly and Leo Levenson.

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