A growing number of seniors are living with the disorder known as hoarding and the accompanying mental and physical health risks. For seniors who hoard, the health risks can be especially high. Mounds of clutter and garbage can make walking difficult, if not impossible, and can cause the hoarder to experience a dangerous or even life-threatening fall, lung and breathing problems, illnesses related to infestations and other maladies.
Many seniors who suffer from hoarding tendencies are ashamed of the condition of their homes and are found out only after a crisis such as mice or insect infestation or a fall that necessitates a hospital stay. Then there are animal hoarders, who obsessively collect animals, often turning their homes into makeshift rescue centers, causing many health problems for the hoarder.