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Senior Circles :Try to understand seniors who struggle with hoarding behaviors

Do you know what hoarding looks like? You have probably seen articles in newspapers about hoarding of possessions and/or animals in a living space. There are also television shows about hoarding, showing rooms piled high with everything from newspapers to dirty dishes, to food, to trash bags to newly purchased items still in original containers. Often the person living in this unsafe and dangerous environment cannot accomplish the daily functions of living because of the excessive clutter; even sleeping in the bed or taking a bath is impossible. I recently saw a photo of a man who was sleeping on the floor in a hallway of his home because there was no other space or surface on which he...

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