ADHD and Older Adults - Webinar

ADHD and Older Adults - Webinar

by Dr. Kathleen Nadeau


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 grew out of 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.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to distinguish ADHD from Mild Cognitive Decline in older adults
  • To explain importance of accurate diagnosis
  • To outline the clear benefits of treatment of older adults with both medication and psychotherapy
  • To discuss the primary challenges of older adults with ADHD
  • To explain the differing challenges of men and women with ADHD in their later years


Dr. Nadeau's Biography

Kathleen Nadeau has been studying older adults for the past several years, interviewing older adults with ADHD across the country, as she works on her upcoming, ground-breaking book Still Distracted After All These Years. She will discuss the life stories, the challenges and the successes of the adults she has come to know.

Kathleen Nadeau, PhD is the founder and clinical director of The Chesapeake Center – ADHD Learning and Behavioral Health in Bethesda, MD, one of the largest private ADHD specialty clinics in the United States. She is the recipient of the CHADD Hall of Fame Award for her work in collaboration with Patricia Quinn, MD on girls and women with ADHD. She is the author of over a dozen books on ADHD and is a frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally.

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