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Answers to Quiz on Dementia and Intellectual Disabilities


1. There is no single test for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with someone with an intellectual disability.
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2. Aging affects older persons with intellectual disabilities harder than it does other people.
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3. People with Down syndrome seem to age earlier than do other people.
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4. When adults with intellectual disabilities grow old, they can no longer learn.
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5. General-purpose Alzheimer's assessment tests can be used with any adult with an intellectual disability because historical levels of performance do not matter.
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6. Decline in performance due to dementia is the same as having a lifelong intellectual disability.
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7. Aging in place means growing older where you are.
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8. Dementia occurs at an exceptionally high rate in all adults with intellectual disabilities.
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9. Adults with Down syndrome tend to be at greater risk of Alzheimer's disease.
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10. All adults with Down syndrome will die of Alzheimer disease.
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11. Once dementia is evident in an adult with an intellectual disability, the person should be hospitalized or admitted to long-term care facility.
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12. Medications now available can cure Alzheimer's disease in most persons with an intellectual disability.
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13. As people age, some changes in physical and mental abilities are expected.
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14. With good diet, proper exercise, and a positive attitude, aging can be prevented in most people with an intellectual disability.
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15. Understanding changes due to both normal and pathological aging is useful when working with older adults with intellectual disabilities.
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16. Everyone with an intellectual disability will experience gross memory losses when they become old.
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17. Dementia resulting from vascular accidents (such as stroke) is characterized by behavioural decline in steps.
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18. Vision and hearing losses are more likely to be present among older, than younger, people with intellectual disabilities.
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19. Dementia is a condition that causes a person to lose his or her learned skills and capabilities.
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20. The duration between onset of dementia and death is generally shorter in adults with Down syndrome.
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Centre on Intellectual Disabilities - University at Albany (9/00)