Characteristics of hoarding in older adults.

Research paper by Gretchen J GJ Diefenbach, Jennifer J DiMauro, Randy R Frost, Gail G Steketee, David F DF Tolin

Indexed on: 10 Apr '13Published on: 10 Apr '13Published in: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry


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