One of the more prevalent myths about Down syndrome is that individual’s affected with Down syndrome die young. I think this article from the Waseca County News talking about 80 year old Bert Holbrook’s attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records lays this myth to rest.
Mr. Wanseca was raised at home and now lives in a care facility where his nurses heard that Peter Davison, the person that used to hold the title of the oldest person with Down syndrome, had died in 2007 at the age of 68. Knowing that Bert was born in 1929 (when the life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome was 9 years of age), his nurses suspected that Bert might just be the new record holder. With the permission of Mr. Holbrook’s 90 year old sister, they submitted his name and some medical records to the Guinness Book of World Records and are waiting to hear if he is the new record holder.
Do you think that Bert will get the record? Do you know of any other individuals with Down syndrome in their 60's, 70's or 80's?