The Guide to Good Health for Teens & Adults with Down Syndrome


Written by Brian Chicoine, M.D. & Dennis McGuire, Ph.D.
isbn 978-1-890627-89-8 / 2010 / Paperback / 7″ x 10″ / 392 pages / Resource List



Chosen as a Library Journal
Best Consumer Health Books 2010

2010 ForeWord Reviews
Book of the Year Silver Award Winner, Health Category

The authors of the bestselling Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome (new, second edition expected late 2020/early 2021) turn their attention to the physical health of teens and adults with Down syndrome. Drs. Chicoine and McGuire provide invaluable insight into what health problems are more common in their patients, and how medical issues can “present” differently in people with Down syndrome. In a clear, empathetic style, they discuss how to promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent problems, and how to recognize health problems early on to ensure appropriate care and the best outcome. The Guide to Good Health is a resource families and caregivers can refer to over and over again, whether it’s to find strategies to get a teen or adult to cooperate with treatment, or to consider if a symptom is being misdiagnosed or misunderstood. Key topics include:

  • Characteristics of Down syndrome that can affect health care
  • More commonly occurring medical issues
  • The connection between mental & physical health
  • Dealing with hospitalizations
  • Long term health and well being throughout the lifespan
  • Advance directives and end of life issues
  • Specific medical conditions (ranging from skin and nail problems, eye, nose and throat issues, and cardiac concerns, to thyroid disorder, diabetes, Alzheimer disease, and sleep problems)

For each condition, the authors discuss symptoms, the diagnostic process, and treatment options. Real-life examples from the authors’ decades of experience help to illustrate how some medical problems can mistakenly be attributed to characteristics of Down syndrome. As the average person with Down syndrome lives considerably longer than in previous generations, The Guide to Good Health can also help families know what to expect during the aging process.

Written by Brian Chicoine, M.D. & Dennis McGuire, Ph.D.
Brian Chicoine is the medical director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center.

Dennis McGuire, former Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital outside of Chicago, is now in private practice, as well as Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Senior Consultant specializing in adult initiatives.

Together they founded The Center in 1992 and have served nearly 4,000 adults with Down syndrome since its inception. Both Drs. Chicoine and McGuire are frequent speakers at conferences around the U.S. and abroad regarding their work and expertise.

Also by Brian Chicoine & Dennis McGuire:
Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome, Second Edition