Can you tell the facts from the myths?

Fact or fiction? Children with Down’s syndrome are only born to older parents.
Fiction. 80% of children with Down’s syndrome are born to women younger than 35. However, the likelihood of having a child with Down’s syndrome does increase with the age of the mother.

Fact or fiction? People with Down’s syndrome are always happy.
Fiction. People with Down’s syndrome have the same feelings and moods as everyone else.

Fact or fiction? People with Down’s syndrome cannot form relationships.
Fiction. People with Down’s syndrome are perfectly capable of forming all types of relationships with people they encounter in their lives, be it friendship, love or a dislike of someone.

Fact or fiction? Men and women with Down’s syndrome can have children.
Fact. Women with Down’s syndrome can and have had children. It has been recorded that two men with Down’s syndrome have been fathers. The information about fertility in people with Down’s syndrome is very outdated and based on research in institutions where men and women with leaning disabilities were kept apart.

Fact or fiction? All people with Down’s syndrome will eventually develop Alzheimer’s disease (dementia).
Fiction. Although many people with Down’s syndrome do develop dementia in their later years, this is by no means inevitable. Research indicates that the incidence of dementia in people with Down’s syndrome is similar to that of the general population only that it occurs 20-30 years earlier.

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