Historically, ADHD was considered a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder. Now we know from published research that ahref="https://www.additudemag.com/adult-adhd-symptoms-bias-stigma/">ADHD continues well into older ages.
Unfortunately, many memory clinics’ assessments fail to consider pre-existing ADHD when evaluating older adults’ complaints of cognitive difficulties.Emerging research is beginning to inquire whether the presence of ADHD in older adults is associated with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, or dementia.
Eight studies published over the past 15 years suggest that ADHD may be a risk factor for neurodegenerative conditions. These results are based on data from population registers with links to health information, healthcare utilization databases, or health insurance databases.However, it is important to note the two major methodologic limitations to the studies: accuracy of ADHD diagnosis, in part because of poor symptom recall as a child/adolescent, and controlled sample size, or the number of older adults without ADHD.Read more on additudemag.com