Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is commonly seen as a children’s disorder. How many stories have you heard about kids who can’t sit still, or switch moods at the drop of a hat?
The reality, however, is that ADHD is not a childhood disorder — children with ADHD grow into adults with ADHD and eventually become seniors with ADHD.
Approximately 2.8% of the global adult population suffers from ADHD.
Exact numbers are hard to pin down because many adults have not or are unable to get diagnosed. From these numbers alone, however, it’s clear that ADHD doesn’t simply stop at childhood.
Taking Care of Older Adults with ADHD
There’s a growing body of research regarding how to work and live with ADHD. So, if you’re looking for tips on how to care for a senior adult with ADHD, we’ve prepared a few tips below.
According to research, senior adults are more likely to keep the inattentiveness symptoms and lose the hyperactivity symptoms as they grow older. Unfortunately, inattentiveness can be confused for other diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
It’s important for caregivers to pay attention to what symptoms are being exhibited. Lack of focus in a senior adult could lead to a greater risk of falling or injury, which can have far-reaching consequences. Although most doctors and caregivers may not consider ADHD as the first possibility in a senior adult case, it’s important to pay careful attention to symptoms in order to make an accurate diagnosis.
Seek Nursing Care
Senior adults will generally need more assistance as they grow older, but senior adults with ADHD will need more support. ADHD symptoms like a lack of focus, anxiety, or depression can be especially dangerous for older adults.
In order to protect and care for seniors with ADHD, you should look for experienced nurses or caregivers who know how to deal with ADHD symptoms. While this may seem like a tall order, fortunately, the rise in online educational options has led to more specialized roles. These specialized roles include skills specific to adult-gerontology care, which is especially important for caring for seniors with ADHD.
Look for Additional Help
Focus is particularly significant for seniors with ADHD. The more they feel in control of their cognition and memory, the more they’re able to avoid putting themselves in danger. The severity of ADHD symptoms can be traced to several different sources, so it’s especially important that you’re able to create a safe, soothing environment.
When caring for seniors with ADHD, it’s never a bad idea to look for additional assistance. This assistance can come in the form of financial, medical, emotional, and community support. For example, if a senior patient suffers from a lack of stimulation and engagement, it may be time to connect with other seniors in the area for community engagement. Get in contact with local institutions and figures so they can get the support they need.
Find the Right Treatment Plan
ADHD is a complex issue, and people with ADHD all have individual ways of reacting to treatment. For senior adults especially, cookie-cutter treatment programs may not be the best option. There’s a current lack of research about ADHD in seniors, and as mentioned above many untrained caregivers may confuse inattentiveness in ADHD with other signs of decline like dementia.
Because patients with ADHD express their symptoms in different ways, it’s essential that you work with a professional to create a specialized treatment plan. This treatment plan may or may not include medication, and can also include methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy and organizational therapy.
Be sure to work with someone specializing in adult ADHD, as they’ll be able to draft a more accurate treatment plan that can help you maximize results.
While it may seem like caring for a senior adult with ADHD is a daunting task, there are ways you can make the whole process more comfortable. In addition to the tips outlined above, you’ll need patience, understanding, and care in order to make them feel comfortable and safe.
Specially written for BioElectricShield.com
By: Richelle Janela
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