Hoarding & Older Adults

A compulsive urge to acquire large amounts of possessions and a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with them because of a perceived need to keep them. The condition was previously viewed as a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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  • Anxiety disorders common among the elderly include general anxiety, hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress, but when it negatively impacts daily life, its crosses over into a serious medical disorder.

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  • Fellow caregivers share their advice and real-life experiences with responding to and managing an aging loved one’s personality changes and difficult behaviors.

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  • New research indicates that hoarding behavior among the elderly becomes more severe with age. However, a proven link between hoarding and depression has shed light on an effective way to put a stop to this frustrating and harmful behavior.

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  • Hoarding is an extreme “collecting” behavior seen in some people who have Alzheimer's disease and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Fortunately, there are some strategies that caregivers and family members can use to help manage these behaviors.

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