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ADHD v seniorském věku : Povaha, specifika, dopady

Title in English ADHD in senior age : Nature, specifics, impacts


Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Stárnutí 2023 : Sborník příspěvků 6. gerontologické mezioborové konference
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Faculty of Social Studies

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Keywords Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; aging; invisibility in care services
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Description This paper deals with the topic of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in older adults and presents the different dimensions of this phenomenon from a sociological perspective. Our intention is to introduce and name the different areas associated with ADHD in the senior age, such as the is-sue of diagnostics, where ADHD symptoms may overlap with other diagnoses or with cognitive de-cline as such, which may lead to diagnostic uncertainty stemming largely from low awareness of the phenomenon. We will also present the issue of treatment and its benefits and risks in the elderly or the issue of gender, which plays a crucial role in diagnosis and treatment and determines the overall experience of living with ADHD. We will also discuss how undiagnosed and untreated ADHD in par-ticular can determine a person's life trajectory, what challenges and implications it brings specifically to the lives of seniors, and what knowledge of the diagnosis and the associated support can bring to people's lives. Finally, we will also touch on the role that ADHD and consideration of neurodiversity in general can play in the social and health care services system. Given that this is a topic that currently receives little attention, in contrast to the broad field of research on ADHD in children and young adults, the main aim of this paper will be to call for an exploration of the nature, specifics and impact of ADHD in later life and in a specific generational group who are only beginning to discover their 'di-agnosis'.
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