ADHD Symptoms in Elderly
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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not fade as you age. A recent study completed by researchers at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam found that ADHD currently affects approximately three percent of the population over age 60.
Led by Marieke Michielsen, the researchers gave a questionnaire to 1, 494 people, aged 60 to 94 who were taking part in a long-term aging study.1
For the 231 participants who displayed the most symptoms, a more detailed diagnostic interview was conducted.1
The rate of ADHD was highest in those who were aged 60 to 70 years.1
“There are several possible explanations for this,” said Michielsen. “One may be that people’s symptoms of ADHD diminish with increasing age. Other explanations may be that the diagnostic interview used is not selective enough to detect ADHD in people over 70, or even that people with ADHD have a lower life expectancy compared to people without ADHD.”1