The life expectancy for these individuals has increased from 25 years in 1980 to over 60 years today.
A few common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is unique and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all. Down syndrome leaves people with an increased risk of some medical conditions. These conditions include congenital heart defects, respiratory issues, hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia, and thyroid disorders. Parents and caretakers need to take extra care in screening formedical issues.
While individuals with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, they are often mild to moderate. Most people with Down syndrome lead fulfilling and productive lives. Down syndrome is still a littleunderstood disorder. People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate indecisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships, vote, andcontribute to society in many wonderful ways. With the greatstrides made in understanding this disorder, individuals withDown syndrome live long, happy lives.