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Tips on Identifying Alzheimer's Disease in People with Down Syndrome

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Published on Nov 1, 2013

On September 7, 2013, NDSS and the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles co-hosted the Age of Change conference. Over the course of the day-long conference, presenters shared valuable information about a variety of topics relating to aging and Down syndrome.

Dr. Linda D. Nelson, Professor, Emerita, UCLA, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio State University. Completed post-doctoral fellow ship in clinical neuropsychology at UCLA. Holds the position of Professor, Emerita, UCLA where she is a research scientist on faculty in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. Dr. Nelson's research involves studying the effects of Alzheimer's disease on the brain using PET (brain) imaging and neuropsychological tests. She received early funding from the NDSS, which helped launch a series of studies later funded by NIH. Her research has focused on using PET tracers to detect signs of Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome. Dr. Nelson has a private practice in Santa Monica where she evaluates and treats patients with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. Her clinical expertise is in the area of screening and evaluation of dementia to help in early detection and early intervention. She will be talking to you today about how to detect symptoms of dementia or atypical aging signs in people with Down syndrome. Her talk will include recent scientific findings from her lab at UCLA.

Slides from this presentation are available at https://www.ndss.org/Resources/Aging-....

Learn about NDSS and Down syndrome at http://www.ndss.org.

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