Alzheimer s disease and other dementias are at least as prevalent in older people with learning disabilities as in the general population. In addition, people with Down s syndrome have high rates of early onset Alzheimer s disease. Assessment of dementia in people with learning disabilities is made difficult by pre-existing cognitive and functional impairments and high rates of comorbid disorders. This paper discusses the assessment of dementia in people with learning disabilities. The assessment procedure needs to include a comprehensive description of baseline functioning and pattern of decline, rigorous medical work-up and treatment of identified conditions, serial cognitive assessments, and functional and risk assessments to guide care planning.
|Pages (from-to)||3 - 9|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|