A boy starts collecting sticks when he is 5 years old. His room is always a mess, per his mother, and she can’t get him to toss out things he doesn’t use as he’s getting older. He turns his attention to broken electronics easily picked out on trash day as a teenager, and by the time he’s in his 30s, he has an entire home and garage filled with “stuff.” Next comes storage units as he acquires more. And it goes on and on as he continues to age, creating chaos in his life, an open dislike by his neighbors, isolation and a constant worry of being discovered and possibly fined by authorities, along with suffering from his very real fear of losing his possessions, sometimes resulting in bouts of deep depression.
This story could be about someone you know.
It might even be YOU.
I attended a conference this week called Hoarding Treatment: Options and Outcomes for Older Adults, that was hosted by the Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County.
I am grateful to Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging for gifting me and Aging Gracefully TV a sponsor table at this event where I was able to learn about the subject of hoarding and how it sadly impacts people of all ages and cultures. There are no boundaries for hoarding disorders.
By the time an adult’s in his or her later years, there’s been enough time to have accumulated a quantity of “goods” that most likely overwhelms the adult and diminishes any quality of life in the “golden years” that remain.
Someone from Benjamin Rose will be on Aging Gracefully TV soon to talk about hoarding, a problem more prevalent than most people understand.
SO, do you have any questions or comments on the subject of hoarding as I am preparing for this upcoming interview?
Have you known a neighbor, friend or loved one who might have this disorder?
Have you ever been able to help someone with this issue?
Please leave your comments below!