AAADD - Age Activated ADD

According to a post by Lynn Saunders, in More Life Health Seniors Community, this is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need water. I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car isn’t washed; the bills aren’t paid; there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter; the flowers don’t have enough water; there is still only 1 check in my checkbook. I can’t find the remote; I can’t find my glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I’m really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it... but first I’ll check my e-mail….

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ADD at 60+
by: Carol in Hudson, NY

I get this and am fairly constantly distracted from one thing to another. My question is -- why is this happening all of a sudden?

I have been focused and have always completed my work and even my personal projects in a timely manner. Now that all my time is open time, I can't seem to stay on task.

I do think it is ADD but don't understand why it would emerge at this point in my life.

Any hypotheses would be welcome!

Absolutely Hilarious!!
by: Joe Ulster Park NY

I'm glad to know it's not just me. Actually I'm not quite that bad but I know we ALL can relate.

Been there, done.....forgot what I was gonna say.
by: JayTee/New Jersey

OH BOY!!! Does this sound familiar!

It's frustrating as hell, but I'm making an effort to concentrate about where I am, where I'm going and why before taking the first step. Voicing my itinerary aloud helps retain the thought. I'm beginning to notice an improvement, but it's not easy remembering to do it.

My biggest frustration though is why I haven't lost an ounce....quite the opposite....despite running around the house all day.

Maybe I should drink more Pepsi....if only I could remember where I left it!

by: Donna Calgary

OMG...that is so me!!

Sounds familiar
by: Tony/Minnesota

My only comment...

Is somebody spying on me? :) :)

I suppose it is a comfort to know I am not alone in this.


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