Sanders-Brown Center on Aging faculty Elizabeth Head, PhD and Frederick Schmitt, PhD have received the 2014 Mary Carter Award from Down Syndrome of Louisville. The award recognizes outstanding service and contributions that result in improved quality of life for people with Down syndrome. "In my view, this is actually a team award," Schmitt says. "Research like this wouldn't be possible without a terrific group of dedicated and enthusiastic staff or, more importantly, without our participants and families who volunteer their time and energies.”
Adults with Down syndrome are living long, productive, and healthy lives but face several challenges as they grow older. Although many people remain healthy, they are a vulnerable group of people who may develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Drs. Head and Schmitt are co-investigators of the Down’s Syndrome Aging study, a 5 year federally funded project taking place at the University of Kentucky that allows researchers to follow adults with Down syndrome as they age to learn more about the challenges they might face. To learn more about the study go to http://www.uky.edu/DSAging/