Compulsive Hoarding in Older Adults
Is your older client simply an eccentric collector or is she a compulsive hoarder? Find out how to know and what to do about it in this popular course. Hoarding is a common problem with serious risks to health and safety, especially for older people. Approximately one in 30 adults is affected. This course describes the signs and manifestations of compulsive hoarding, the trajectory of the condition, and how it affects the individual’s behavior and ability to function at home and in the community. The course features the latest methods of assessment, treatment, and intervention to help clients and their families. Case studies provide concrete examples, and bonus resources and background information are available for downloading throughout the course. (4 CEUs)
- Knowledge of current research on compulsive hoarding in older adults and the implications for practice.
- Understanding of intervention options and treatment approaches, related ethical concerns, vulnerabilities of older adults, and family and community perspectives.
- Skills and tools to identify the behavioral manifestations of compulsive hoarding, to assess the affected older adult’s self-care competence, and to intervene with affected adults and concerned families.