“Still Distracted After All These Years: Older Adults With ADHD”
April 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
The Northern Virginia/DC Chapter of CHADD present our April lecture in our “Understanding ADHD” Lecture Series: “Still Distracted After All These Years: Older Adults With ADHD”, with speaker Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., Founder/Clinical Director of The Chesapeake Center.
Although ADHD is the most highly researched childhood disorder in the world, we know less about adults, and almost nothing about older adults with ADHD. Not so long ago we believed that people outgrew ADHD, and even today, most ADHD professionals believe that ADHD is much less an issue for older adults.
Statistics show that the percentage of older adults with ADHD is only half of that for younger adults. In this seminar, Kathleen Nadeau will discuss Russell Barkley’s ground breaking research that finds a much shorter lifespan (by 12.7 years!) for adults with combined type ADHD. If this is true, then the lower number of older adults with ADHD is simply a reflection of this shorter lifespan. Many of those with ADHD don’t make it into their 70’s and beyond.
Accurate diagnosis and treatment for older adults is critical, yet few psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in older adults. As a result, there is a strong risk that never diagnosed ADHD in older adults will be mistaken for early signs of dementia.
This is a virtual lecture via Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, please visit Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-distracted-after-all-these-years-tickets-147005321875