Hoarding Woes: ‘100% of the time……..’

“…according to several studies presented at the annual conference of the American Society on Aging, which wrapped up this weekend in San Francisco. Hoarders are more likely to be depressed, anxious or have social phobias than to have obsessive-compulsive disorder.  And the problem worsens with age.”

“…the agency used only big clean ups to clear the clutter. She said 100 percent of the time, the elders began hoarding again immediately. And they were angry, distressed and distrustful of anyone (family members, social workers) who tried to intervene again.”    Hoarding Study

I can attest to the ‘again’ business. After spending the better part of a Summer cleaning my mom’s backyard, it was nearly full by the next Summer. I have tried incremental changes with my aunt to create a safer living space, and I mean space. Of course, once she was out of the house, I made huge strides. But, as the one study indicates, my aunt would probably attempt to refill any open space from what ever corners I had not finished with. A saving grace: my aunt, being so elderly would not get out and about to acquire more stuff. She remarked about it in a joking manner that it was perhaps a good thing she lost her driver’s license.


2 thoughts on “Hoarding Woes: ‘100% of the time……..’

  1. Caroline Totah

    Harm Reduction is becoming more widely recognized as an effective strategy for minimizing risk in the homes of people who hoard and are not ready/willing/able to change their hoarding behaviors. Here’s a link to an interview with the authors of the excellent book, Digging Out, Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring. Forgive me if you’ve already seen this, but I just want to let you know that your approach is quite valid and your aunt is very lucky to have you for a nephew.


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