How to Save an Elderly Parent from Hoarding Behavior

Excessive clutter in an elderly parent’s home can pose serious risks to his health and safety. Unfortunately, asking him to clean up his home is not as easily done as said.

If the mess in a person’s home simply stems from the overwhelming notion of cleaning everything up, all you have to do is offer to help and divide the work into smaller, more manageable tasks. However, in many cases, the hoarding behavior of an elderly loved one relates to sentimental attachment, guilt over or fear of letting things go, and loneliness. In these cases, consider suggesting that they create a scrapbook, donate or give some things away, and that they become more active at a local senior center.
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