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Can Fam Physician. 1981 Oct;27:1538-43.

Hoarding in the aged.

Abstract

Hoarding has been observed in residents of a geriatric centre. The incidence varies from 11-13% on the standard and chronic nursing care floors to 53% on the special care floors.The activity was largely unobtrusive, but in some instances constituted an irritant or offensive activity towards fellow residents and others. Consequences can be serious when potentially harmful agents such as chemicals are inadvertently acquired. Hoarding of medication can likewise cause complications. Loss appears to be an important factor in the psychodynamics of hoarding. Insights into this behavior trait should bring tolerance of its presence and preventive action directed against the associated hazards.

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