As I approach my mid 50’s, It appears that some of my autistic symptoms are taking a greater hold of my life.
I find that I have to work much harder to be aware of my surroundings, and being organised takes a lot more effort. Everyday tasks such as remembering my keys or paying bills on time now requires more concentration than it used to. Staying connected to my surroundings is also much harder. It feels llike a slow slide into a less functionally able life.
I have even considered whether early onset dementia is responsible for this! Probably not. But it does raise the question of how autism combines with symptoms of the ageing process and our natural tendency to slow down as we get older. It may be quite normal for the brains Executive functionality to decrease with age; This affects our ability to plan ahead, get organised and process information. These are difficulties also associated with autism
In my opinion, the double whammy effect of this, is bound to create extra difficulties for us older
I haven’t seen much on the way of research on this specific subject. This is probably because of the relative newness of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. But as diagnosed autism in older adults becomes a much greater issue, it’s time for science to take a good hard look at this, and for health care professionals to become more aware and provide solutions.