Studies of panic attacks in older adults are virtually nonexistent. The
authors surveyed 520 adults with panic attacks; 445 were younger than age
55, 57 were 55 years old or older but had their first panic attack before
age 55, and 18 were 55 years old or older and had their first panic attack
at age 55 or later. The respondents with late-onset panic attacks reported
fewer symptoms during their attacks and were less avoidant than both groups
of respondents with early-onset panic attacks.