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Diogenes Syndrome

Posted by sushipup (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 1, 10 at 23:28

I stumbled across this, and was fascinated. Not hoarding, but 'senior squalor'. Who knew it had a name? My MIL lived like this for years before she died, it was horrid.

Here is a link that might be useful: Diogenes Syndrome


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RE: Diogenes Syndrome

Thanks for sharing, but I guess all of us seniors have a touch of this. lots of memories, but our kids really don't want the stuff we wanted from our parents and grandparents. Times have changed.


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RE: Diogenes Syndrome

No, this isn't anything like what you describe. "Squalor" is the word that describes it. If you are living like this, or suggest that "all of us" have a touch of it, you don't understand the syndrome. My MIL went out to the hospital on a stretcher, and the house had to literally be shoveled out by professions wearing masks, and she could never return: the house was damaged down to the studs. The Wedgwood china and everything else was trashed.

There is indication of neurological damage. Here's more to read.

Here is a link that might be useful: self-neglect


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