Down Syndrome & Aging/Alzheimer's

Thanks to support from Bader Philanthropies and many community partners, DSAW is expanding programs in order to better serve individuals who have both Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease/dementia and their families. We have support opportunities for loved ones and caregivers, a number of education opportunities, resources, and more. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Rachel at

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Fraternal Support

We are here to offer aging individuals with Down syndrome and their caregivers support. Our Memory Cafes are in-person fraternal events where loved ones and families can get together, share their stories, and learn more about Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Stay tuned for upcoming Memory Cafe dates!

We have a private Facebook group for caregivers of people with Down syndrome who are going through the aging process. Join that network of support by clicking the button below. We will also be launching an interactive, virtual caregiver support session with educational components and a chance to talk with others around Wisconsin. More information on that coming soon!


Want to learn more about aging in people with Down syndrome? Curious about the relationship between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, its common over-diagnosis, and ways that we could potentially improve cognition in older adults with Down syndrome? We offer several means to learn about these topics!

Whether you are staff at a nursing home, day program center, resource center, or another nonprofit, we offer provider trainings on Down syndrome and aging. Trained DSAW staff will come to your workplace to share about the common links between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s in addition to misconceptions, symptoms to look for, and more! Email Rachel at to schedule a training.

DSAW works with national leaders in the Down syndrome/aging field to coordinate a Speaker Series related to Down syndrome and aging/Alzheimer’s disease. Join us at one of our upcoming conferences or seminars about this important topic!

We have a library of educational webinars presented by professionals in the field of aging, disability, and dementia. Topics include an introduction to dementia, the latest research in Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s, pseudo-dementias in people with Down syndrome, and more. Watch recordings of these webinars from the comfort of your own home by clicking the button below!