- Published: 15 March 2017
SPRINGFIELD –Today the Illinois Senate declared March 15, 2017 as Adult Down Syndrome Awareness Day, approving a resolution introduced by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago). Approximately one in every 700 children born in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal condition.
“I think it’s important to recognize the strides that have been made to improve the quality and length of life for adults with Down syndrome,” Mulroe said. “Now, many adults with Down syndrome are able to live independently or with some assistance, hold jobs and participate in volunteer work. In my district, many adults with Down syndrome have received help and support from the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.”
The Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital was established in 1992 and provides care at nearly 7,000 annual patient visits, making it the busiest clinic of its kind in the nation. The clinic works to enhance the well-being of adolescents and adults with Down syndrome through community-based health care services.
Though the life expectancy for an individual with Down syndrome has increased dramatically over the past 40 years, adults with Down syndrome still have a higher rate of additional medical complications such as congenital heart abnormalities and Type 1 diabetes as compared to the general population.