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Commentary on “Estimating the number of people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland and the cohort at elevated risk of early onset dementia”

Karen Dodd (Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leatherhead, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 3 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to consider the implications for people with Down’s syndrome and their families of identifying those people who are at risk of developing dementia from the research study “Estimating the number of people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland and the cohort at elevated risk of early onset dementia”.

Design/methodology/approach

The commentary is based on a review of the associated literature.

Findings

Estimating the numbers is important but has serious implications for people who have an elevated risk and their families. Preparation and ongoing support and planning are vital to ensure that quality of life is maintained as dementia is identified and progresses.

Originality/value

The commentary considers the research presented from a practitioner perspective.

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Citation

Dodd, K. (2017), "Commentary on “Estimating the number of people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland and the cohort at elevated risk of early onset dementia”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 172-176. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-04-2017-0019

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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