Realities of Dementia

By Connie Horn

It is incredibly difficult to watch someone age, especially when they begin to have health issues.  I think one of the worst issues to have to deal with is when someone has dementia. I can say this with complete certainty, because my mom had dementia.

Dementia is such a gradual disease, which, I suppose, is a good thing. As hard as it was to watch my mom slowly fade away, I think it would be much more difficult if she had lost her mental abilities abruptly, without warning. My mom is gone now, but my experience with her dementia has helped me to understand how dementia can impact someone’s life and the lives of their family, friends and others who support them. Continue reading

A few things you may not have heard about Down syndrome

By David Morstad

You don’t need to be a professional in the field of intellectual and developmental disability – ask anyone and they are likely to agree: the population of people with Down syndrome is unlike any other.  That turns out to be true in some very surprising ways. The extra 21st chromosome accounts for only about 1% of the genetic information (about 200 of the roughly 20,000 genes) we carry, but the medical questions alone provide an intriguing study. Continue reading