Hoarding disorder is the excessive collection of, and failure to discard, a large number of possessions. It is a significant mental health condition that can have a serious impact on individuals, family members, and the community.
The severity of hoarding often increases as someone ages. Changes in life conditions, including living alone and receiving less frequent social interaction can place seniors at a greater risk for hoarding. Mental health issues such as preexisting personality disorders, depression or dementia, can also contribute to this risk.