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ADDers and retirement

I am new to this comunity. I am following up with a concern for a friend who is 65 and terrified about retiring because she fears she won’t be able to stay focussed and her life will lose its purpose.

I would love to hear from those of you who are in the 50-65 age group about your own thougts and experiences with this transition. Even if you are younger than that, if you have parents with ADD who are struggling with these issues, I would love to hear from you too.

Thanks in advance for your help.



I’m 59 and only dx’d a few months ago although symptoms have been lifelong. Low grade compared to many but some aspects of aging made them worse. I’ve done all I could to rectify those and finally admitted they didn’t help enough to prevent me from trying medication. Many baby boomers are being dx’d for the first time as we slipped under the radar. Docs are finding the risk/benefit ratio of meds is that there is more risk of falling, having a car accident and more as aging makes symptoms worse with not treating with meds than any risk of side effects. A few contraindications of course depending on heart conditions and such.

But your friend’s concern is valid. I lost my late husband 7 years ago and the focal point of my life was gone. I was lucky to have found true love again 5 years ago. And now I can see how much having something, someone, some external reason, purpose, job, to focus on is critical for me.

I suggest she look for a hobby, some activities such as volunteering, yoga classes, anything that gives social connections. I know many now in my age group who have the time now to devote to causes near and dear to their hearts, Politics, saving the planet, helping at homeless shelters, the library, local botanical garden, historical society, and more.

Having some reason to get up in the morning is critical for just about anyone. Retirees are now being encouraged to plan more for what they will DO after retiring rather than just having the money to retire. The social needs of us all as we age become more critical to our mental, physical and emotional well being than ever.

Posted by Gadfly on Jul 31, 2014 at 2:58am

I have a thousand interest and things to do, so I’ll not get bored BUT I do need to socialise.
I volunteer and this gives me a reason to get out of the house and meet people.  many of the other volunteers are retired so we get along fine.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Aug 04, 2014 at 9:42am

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