Updated 18 November 2015

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In 2012, a large Dutch study involving the elderly found that three percent of people aged over 60 suffer from ADHD. Symptoms such as depression, anxiety, forgetfulness, mislaying a mobile phone or keys and having trouble following a conversation are normally put down to Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline caused by ageing.  

The study shows that it's important to consider attention deficit disorder as a diagnosis, and to discuss treatment options with the patient. Because stimulant medication can pose distinct challenges for older patients, the doctor would have to ensure any cardiac or blood pressure issues are resolved before prescribing meds such as Ritalin.

Take a look at the 10 most commons signs of ADHD if you are concerned about yourself or an elderly relative. 

Head on over to our ADHD Centre for more on managing the condition.