FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/I Hoard it on the Grapevine/
On my return home
from the land of Lincoln last week, I started thinking about my
lessons learned from the caregiving experts I met while in
Nebraska - the family caregivers. I was there last week to
keynote two events held in the area. I always think that any MBA types wanting to learn about the demo-psycho-social-markettrending-
kind of stuff relating to caregiving only need to spend time
listening to the family caregivers. A few years ago, every time
the topic of conversation in the Q and A sessions at our
Fearless Caregiver Conferences came around to Senior Driving,
all other talk came to a screeching halt. Then a few years ago,
the show-stopper was Medicare Part D and last week, I heard the
first new attention grabbing topic of conversation in a long
while. The subject was Compulsive Hoarding.
WikiPedia, compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding) is a
term which is used to describe extreme hoarding behavior in
humans. It involves the collection or failure to discard large
numbers of objects even when their storage causes significant
clutter and impairment to basic living activities such as moving
around the house, cooking, cleaning or sleeping.
In the compulsive hoarding cases cited by
members of the Lincoln audiences, the hoarders they were dealing
with were mostly their senior loved ones. This topic also
caused one of my favorite moments at these events, which I call
"Stump the Panel." Although the experts on our panel were
well-renowned and extremely knowledgeable, in this case the best
responses actually came from the caregivers in the audience who
have dealt with their loved ones compulsive hoarding. One
suggestion that seemed to work with a gentleman's father was
organizing a session where his dad was able to take charge of
the distribution of his hoarded goods to his family members.
Not only did this work well to help him in his move into
assisted living, but the local Salvation Army recorded record
donations that month.
you have any hoarding stories of your own, please don't hoard
them from us.