“…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.