Programs for Older Adults

Fortunately, individuals with Down syndrome are living longer lives than ever before.  Unfortunately, the services these individuals need and deserve aren’t always readily available.  The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis is dedicated to working with families and support providers to identify and address the needs of our Active Aging Adult population through programs, resources, education, and advocacy.

Lifelong Learning Program

The next 8-week session starts after the Holidays, and will include 2 Groups. Classes are on Tuesdays, beginning April 2, 2024

Lifelong Learning is a program for adults 21+ with a focus on problem solving, critical thinking, self-determination, and memory care.  Activities include arts & crafts, group games, and music therapy. 

Group 1  •  9:30a – 12:00p  •  This group is for higher support needs individuals. They will work on memory skills, exercise and music!
Group 2  •  12:00 – 3:00p  •  This group is for individuals who want to learn skills for independence, they will be learning about how to stay healthy, how to meet goals for the new year, and have fun with music!

Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Group

2nd Thursday every month  |  9:30-11:00am  |  DSAGSL Office

The DSAGSL invites you to participate in our monthly support group if you are caring for someone with Down syndrome who exhibits symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The group will discuss topics such as:

Creating Dementia-Friendly Environments, Remaining Safe at Home, Medical Advocacy, Changing Yourself to Change the Outcome, Rethinking Expectations, Maintaining Self-Care Skills, Your Questions and Concerns.

Once a month in-person with a Zoom option

For more info, contact Makini Anwisye at or 314-833-7586

Resources & Information about Aging with Down syndrome

Visit our resources page to find links, articles, presentations and videos on topics important to adults with Down syndrome and our aging community including the DSAGSL Adult Services Toolkit and the DSAGSL YouTube Video Library!

KMOV Special Documentary: A Link Between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease