Late-in-life diagnoses can benefit seniors on the autism spectrum

By Riya Anne Policastro

A better understanding of neurodiversity is leading to growing numbers of people over 50 being diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Roughly a million seniors could be living with autism, many of them undiagnosed, if CDC estimates are correct and adults are affected at a rate of 2.21%. 

More conservative calculations suggest there are tens of thousands of older adults in the U.S. who are undiagnosed. 

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