Aging and ADHD
ADHD isn't just for kids. Here's what it's like later in life.
Living Better With ADHD
In addition to exploring treatment options with a doctor, the following strategies can help older adults with ADHD manage their daily lives better:
- Keep a daily schedule: Write out a schedule each day with tasks and appointments allocated to specific times and follow through with it. Also, break big tasks or goals into smaller steps. "People with ADHD tend to get more easily overwhelmed and to avoid things that require sustained mental effort," Goodman says. "But if you break a task down and get it done over the course of several days, it's easier."
- Put technology to work for you: Use the alarm on your cell phone or watch, for example, to help you remember deadlines and appointments. Smartphones can be equipped with applications to manage and synch your schedule, organize tasks, even remind you to take your medication.
- Automate tasks so you have fewer things to remember: Goodman suggests signing up, for example, for automatic prescription refills or setting up automatic bill payments so you don't have to keep track of when bills are due or risk running up late fees.
- Reach out for support: "I strongly encourage people to share their diagnosis of ADHD with their friends and family if they feel comfortable," Takahashi says. "We all need support to keep us moving forward." There are also a number of national and local organizations and resources that provide support.