9 May 2012

Seniors deal with clutter issue

Numerous television shows have cast a light on the practice known as hoarding, where junk piles up to unacceptable levels in a person's home. While many seniors suffer from the disorder, others simply have lots of clutter to deal with, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Lois Gaddis, 85, is a prime example of a senior who has trouble throwing items away due to sentimental value. The Sacramento Bee reports that her home is nowhere like the people seen on the reality TV shows, but still has stacks of magazines, greeting cards and various other items in just about every room of her home.

"As you can see, I'm probably the queen of clutter," she told the news source. "I'm not proud of living like this. My husband was an officer in the Air Force. We did not live like this. The house was wonderful and orderly and easy to maintain."

Researchers say the issue isn't quite considered hoarding for many seniors, as the items may not be completely useless and the situation usually doesn't get out of control. Instead, most of the items simply have "sentimental value" and were acquired over an entire lifetime.

Seniors too attached to their sentimental items may want to look into self storage facilities rather than throw the items away. This way, the items will be easily accessible if needed, but won't take up space in an apartment or home.

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