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.