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Growing Old with ADHD: 5 Common Challenges After 60

ADHD doesn’t diminish with age. In fact, symptoms of ADHD may flare after midlife. In depth interviews found these commonly shared ADHD struggles after age 60.

Preliminary research suggests that seniors with ADHD experience unique and evolving symptoms that are commonly mistaken for — and overlap with — normal signs of aging.

Misdiagnosis and mismanaged treatment after age 60 are serious problems, says Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. In this video, learn the most commonly shared ADHD difficulties that older adults with the condition face.

Growing Old with ADHD: 5 Common Challenges After 60

ADHD doesn’t diminish with age.

In fact, symptoms of ADHD may flare after midlife. They can be amplified by (or mistaken for):

  • Normal cognitive decline
  • Worsening physical health
  • Lack of structure after retirement

Worse yet, most research ignores the symptoms and needs of seniors with ADHD. Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., is working to change that.

Thanks to her in-depth patient interviews, we now know about these commonly shared ADHD struggles after age 60.

1. Not getting things done

  • Procrastination
  • Lack of self-discipline

2. Out-of-control emotions

  • Being irritable more frequently
  • Struggling with anxiety/depression

3. Time-management challenges

  • Setting and sticking to a daily routine
  • Being aware of time’s passing

4. The “remnants” of hyperactivity

  • Feeling restless
  • Talking too much
  • “Random thoughts whirling in my head”

5. Social challenges

  • Feeling misunderstood or judged
  • Speaking impulsively
  • Missing social cues

Recognizing what ADHD looks like after age 60, Nadeau says, is the first step toward more accurate late-life diagnoses and more effective lifelong treatment.

“[Aging with ADHD] is not all negative — not by a long shot. Some people are having the time of their lives.” —Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.

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3 Comments & Reviews

  1. Wow. And to be just another diagnostic statistic you hit all the nails on my head not to mention my retirement life. When you list them so accurately one would think that would be enough to start a major depression . After all we are perfectionists. Or attempt to be..But no after 70 years of just knowing we are different, having a reason and some meds to combat the crankiness, I am having the time of my life. Singing too loud, talking too much and sitting here in my lazy boy at noon digesting breakfast and catching up on correspondence and news. Taxes will get done “soon” And that bag of garbage and another of recycling will get taken out sooner than last months did.which sat by the door til the kids were all coming over for Easter dinner. This afternoon will be a good time to catch up on a months worth of bills as well.Should probably wash floors and vacuum before going away with the mens chorus this weekend to International falls. Oh yes must call Hank and tell him i gave his wife a set of tickets to our may concert and then a pair to him as well….all because i couldnt wait for Russell to finish his conversation. I will ask hank to pass rhem on.
    The question remains about sewing the chorus crest on my golf shirt though. I have avoided doing that for 5 years cuz i am damned if i will ruin my favorite golf shirt wit that male chorus crest. Maybe just avoid events where it is worn.I missed the chance to let him know when i sent out that email. Repeating everything i said at the meeting.cuz I thought they may have misinterpreted it.

    Well time to think about having a shower brushing my teeth..what did i eat last night..oh Pork chops and I cooked dinner.
    At my daughters before the game last night. What/a game . The Wild wiped them didnt they. Tom my son in law and I had a heck of a time. He liked that raisin pie and ice cream.
    Well that wasnt it, but that mound of fruit, cereal , nuts and raisins might be the culprit. Must go now and fetch the rest of my teeth from their overnight resting place…Brush, Shave , Shower and get ready for another Chor practice. Boy what an extended weekend That was. Thursday Double concert on Saturday and oh yes Sunday. .Too bad I barely arrived late for church, much less the practice before. I literally could not drag myself out of bed.
    Well another day and what was I going to do this afternoon. Some will get done. Good thing the garbage and recycling bags are in front of the door on my way out.

    1. Thank goodness my pick up Tenor just texted a reminder to pick him up tonight. I am glad to have set up a contact from him even though my apple clock will remind me again later.

      1. PPs And no the bag is still there . Good thing it has a seal on it. I was late delayed trying to print out the Hotel list off my antique macbook . Unsuccessfully. MUST TAKE GARBAGE OUT

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