Learning to Manage Your ADHD Later in Life

by | Mar 14, 2014 | ADHD Symptom Control | 0 comments

Photo Credit: heatherheatherheather on Flickr

Photo Credit: heatherheatherheather on Flickr

People often come to me for ADHD coaching in their 50s and 60s because they are frustrated with managing their ADHD on their own. With age they realize that their life has been unnecessarily difficult, and they are looking for change.

Hooray for them! Who says you can’t teach an old(er) dog new tricks?! Not me!

In a recent article I mentioned that as you get older, major changes occur in life that may make it harder to deal with ADHD: divorce, grief, and physical ailments are examples of these major life changes.

When these changes occur in the life of an older person with ADHD, it may suddenly make it so that person can no longer push through and handle everyday life as easily as they would have been able to when they were younger.

 

Because age treats all individuals with ADHD differently, it’s hard to say whether your ADHD will become significantly worse with age. Honestly, I haven’t seen any studies that have been done on this.

But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get your ADHD under control. The thing to remember is: Don’t give up hope.

You too can learn to manage your ADHD, no matter how old you are. I have clients in their 60s and 70s. In some ways learning to manage your ADHD can be simpler later life, especially if your kids have moved out and/or you are no longer working.

Unfortunately, a trade off of no longer having to worry about your job or kids may be the physical strains that can come along with age. Issues with clutter may arise due to your physical inability to do the tidywork. This is when it can be beneficial to enlist the help of a professional organizer and/or family member along with your ADHD coach.

Speaking for myself I know my ADHD is a lot easier to manage now than it was back when I was younger. When I was younger I didn’t know about my Inattentive ADHD so I didn’t realize the strong connection between brain functioning and diet, sleep, exercise and all those other important self-care things I rattle on about.

With age comes the wisdom of knowing what I need to do to be organized.

To learn more about what you can do to become organized in both your life and home, I encourage you to pick up my books: Organized for Life and The Home Filing System Blueprint.

You are also welcome to contact me anytime to learn more about my ADHD coaching services and how they might benefit you.

Again – Don’t give up hope.

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