Obit of the Day: Oldest Living Man with Down Syndrome (83) When Bert Holbrook was born the average lifespan for a person with Down syndrome was 40. Holbrook didn’t pay attention to the statistics. When he turned 80 in 2008, the Guinness Book of World Records officially named him the “oldest fully authenticated male” with Down syndrome. Holbrook, who had lived in a group home for nearly 30 years, had outlived his parents and his sister. (She died earlier in 2012.)

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TIL that in 1983 the average life expectancy for a person with Down Syndrome was only 25 years old. It is now 60 years old.

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From the CDC: Racial Disparities in Median Age at Death of Persons With Down Syndrome --- United States, 1968--1997

Life Expectancy Increases for Down’s Syndrome Patients

Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades - from 25 in 1983 to 60 today. {get schooled:}

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