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ADHD AMONG SENIOR CITIZENS IS MORE COMMON THAN PERCEIVED AND IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH DEMENTIA

ADHD AMONG SENIOR CITIZENS IS MORE COMMON THAN PERCEIVED AND IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH DEMENTIA
ADHD AMONG SENIOR CITIZENS IS MORE COMMON THAN PERCEIVED AND IS OFTEN CONFUSED WITH DEMENTIA
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a frequent diagnosis among children with the incidence of 8%. One of the studies in Netherlands estimated the prevalence rate in people over 50 at 3%. 

People with ADHD experience symptoms of inattention, disorganization and hyperactivity. Often hyperactivity diminishes with age, but challenges with attention and organization don’t. One challenge to diagnosing ADHD in seniors is that symptoms look similar to age-related ailments. Cognitive difficulties in older people are often attributed to memory impairments or early signs of dementia

Treatment presents another hurdle. The most common ADHD treatment among younger people is stimulants. But those are riskier in older adults because they can raise heart rate and blood pressure, so they need to be monitored closely. 
Lenard Adler, director of the adult ADHD program at NYU Langone Health, says more people over the age of 60 are coming in with ADHD symptoms. Of the older patients he’s treated, some found him after other psychiatrists were unwilling to treat them, he says.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22878132  

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