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How to Help an Aging Parent with a Hoarding Problem

 

August 7, 2019



My 70-year-old mother has become somewhat of a hoarder. Since my father died a few years ago, her house is so disorganized and messy with stuff that it's becoming a hazard. What should I do to help her?

Troubled Son

Dear Troubled,

Clutter addiction is a problem that effects up to five percent of Americans, many of whom are seniors. The problems can range anywhere from moderate messiness to hoarding so severe it may be related to a mental health disorder like obsessive-compulsive disorder. Here's what you should know, along with some tips and resources that can help your mom.

Why people hoard

The reasons most people hoard is because they have an extreme sentimental attachment to their poss...



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