Puberty and Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of change for any young person. It's the time when young people may want more independence and to be responsible for making decisions for themselves. There are also physical and psychological changes. Adolescence is also a transition point for many young people to start high school and to start thinking about what they want to do after they finish school. Each of these areas brings opportunities and challenges for a young person with Down syndrome, just like everyone else.

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Adolescence Guide

Young Adults

Young adults who have Down syndrome are now living more independent lives, in situations of their own choosing, with supports geared to their inidivudal needs.  At this stage in life, it's all about  helping a peson with Down syndrome to take on a full and valued role in society, taking into account all aspect's of the person's life including further education, employment, social interest, family life and independent living options.

Our team at Down Syndrome NSW comprises of professional ability along with lived experience.  We are here to support and assist you as your family member with Down syndrome progresses through life into adulthood.

You might like to try our young adult social group UP!Club - a state-wide social connection group for 18+ years old, who meet regularly to socialise, improve living skills and check out what's happening in the community.

 

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Find out more about UP!Club

 

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Living Independently Guide


Health and Ageing

People with Down syndrome are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. In Australia most people with Down syndrome can now expect to live on average to 60+ years of age.  As we get older we are all prone to age related health conditions. Older adults with Down syndrome experience some age-related conditions at a younger age and more often than people in general.

Down Syndrome Australia has developed resources to provide evidenced-based advice to health professionals to better understand how to support people with Down syndrome within the health system. Resources have also been developed for people with Down syndrome and their families to be prepared and informed about hospital stays, building relationships with GPs and decision making.

Community Inclusion Toolkit - Health

 

Other information

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Health and Aging Guide

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Dementia - A Guide for Families

 

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A Practical Guide to Ageing Well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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