Hoarding or Memories?

by Lois Etienne on October 21, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,History,Senior Health and Safety

The following list, from the Home Instead Senior Care® network and Vickie Dellaquila, certified professional organizer and author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash, are 10 reasons seniors can’t or won’t give up their stuff and what to do about it.

  1. The Sentimental Attachment – it’s not the dress, it’s the memory of what it represents
  2. The Sense Of Loyalty – it was given by someone special
  3. The Need To Conserve – they lived through the Great Depression
  4. The Fatigue – help manage clutter
  5. The Change In Health – strokes or other health problems slow mobility or cognitive functions
  6. The Fear – they were taught to save everything, like years of bank statements!
  7. The Dream of the Future –“I may need it someday.”
  8. The Love of Shopping
  9. The History and Memories – they can leave a legacy by donating family or museums
  10. The Loneliness – Stuff can become a misplaced companion.

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