nextavenue‘s recent email contains several articles that should be a wake-up about keeping so much stuff … or hoarding!
Writer Roseanna Fay’s article, “The painful costs of elder hoarding”, is a personal story that may ring personally true for many.
“While over two million Americans are loyal watchers of the A&E TV show Hoarders and find it entertaining, I can tell you firsthand that when an older family member is a hoarder, there is nothing amusing about it.
“And when you’re the one who winds up footing the bill to clean up your loved one’s out-of-control mess — well, that’s its own kind of challenge.
“At a glance, my husband’s 84-year-old Uncle Dan appears to be a typical retiree in Florida. He is socially active, participates in volunteer programs and lives in a lovely mobile home community for seniors — a tidy trailer park. But he is not living in a tidy home.”
The Mayo Clinic’s definintion is: “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.”
More nextavenue articles inlcude:
- “My Father Is a Hoarder | When I learned how serious the problem was, I educated myself on what to do — and not do”
- “The Art of Shedding Possessions |Getting rid of things involves careful deliberation along with emotional insight”
And there’s this Huffington Post article: “Pack Rat Or Hoarder? Here Are The 6 Signs That Tell The Difference.”