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Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Oct;21(10):1043-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.01.028. Epub 2013 Feb 6.

Characteristics of hoarding in older adults.

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  • 1Anxiety Disorders Center, The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT; Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Electronic address: gdiefen@harthosp.org.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study determined the clinical characteristics of late-life hoarding disorder (HD).

METHODS:

Older adults (age 60 and older) with HD (n = 55) and without psychiatric diagnoses (n = 39) were compared on psychiatric, functional, cognitive, and health-related measures. Associations between age and clinical characteristics in a large sample of mixed age (n = 210; age range: 20-78) participants with HD were also determined.

RESULTS:

Individuals with late-life HD were characterized by substantial impairments in psychiatric, functional, cognitive, and medical status. Health risks (e.g., risks of falls and fire) were also common. However, older age was generally not associated with increased severity of hoarding or other clinical correlates (with the exception of one global clinician-rated measure of severity).

CONCLUSIONS:

Late-life HD is characterized by considerable morbidity and health risks, and these characteristics may be consistent across the lifespan in cross-sectional mixed-age samples of individuals with HD.

Copyright © 2013 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Clutter; hoarding; older adults

PMID:
23567383
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PMCID:
PMC3530651
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