An 87-year-old female with interest in music, botany, trekking stories, politics and … junk

  • Susan Stephanie Reedy
  • William Spassini
  • Nicola Berruti
  • Berti Stefano
  • Renzo Polotti
  • Orazio ZanettiEmail author
Case Report

On November 18th, 2014, a female 87 years old (I.E.) was once more admitted to our Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit-Nursing home accompanied by a social worker and the city police of Brescia. The social worker insisted on the need of her institutionalization (even if it was against the patient’s will) due to the fact that her living conditions for the second time in a few months had returned to being unhealthy and unhygienic: a new accumulation of useless objects, food, and trash that took this time only 4 months to make. The photographs taken (see below) show a tendency of excessive acquisition of and the inability to discard objects, also the incapacity of programming and planning the typical activities of house cleaning and tidying up. (Fig. 1)


Hoarding behavior Hoarding disorder Mild cognitive impairment 


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Conflict of interest

None declared (for all the authors).

Statement of human and animal rights

The procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000.

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    Mataix-Cols D (2014) Clinical practice. Hoarding disorder. N Engl J Med 370:2023–2030. CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nursing Home “Anni Azzurri”RezzatoItaly
  2. 2.Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit “Anni Azzurri”RezzatoItaly
  3. 3.Fondazione Brescia Solidale ONLUSBresciaItaly
  4. 4.IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio-FatebenefratelliBresciaItaly

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