Hoarding affects one in 20 adults. Its consequences are more serious for seniors.  I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

We have all seen TV shows about hoarding.  With an older adult who has spent a lifetime collecting possessions, it’s difficult to intervene. But you must. Time, money and even safety are at serious issue.

Experts offer this advice for helping a hoarder. Work slowly. Work in one area at a time. Control paper and get off mailing lists. Give the hoarder choices. Single tasks like filling a box provide satisfaction. Stop incoming items. Never overwhelm. Never judge. It may take months, but consider any progress to be positive.

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