Researchers are focusing more of their efforts on studying Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that occurs when there is a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. Chromosome 21 contains a gene that is involved in the production of amyloid plaque, and the build-up of amyloid plaque in the brain is one of the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
More than 75% of people with Down syndrome over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s which is a significant amount of people. Studying Alzheimer’s disease in individuals with Down syndrome will get us one step closer to finding a cure, with the potential to help the growing population of older adults suffering from Alzheimer’s currently.
To learn more about this research and some of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, read “Down Syndrome Research Broadens the Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease”. To stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in brain health, sign up for the Cognitive Therapeutics monthly newsletter at www.CognitiveTherapeutics.com/Newsroom/.