Current Psychology

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 460–465 | Cite as

Procrastination, Hoarding, and Attention Beyond Age 65 a Community-Based Study

  • Greg Stolcis
  • William McCownEmail author


We examined procrastination, hoarding, and attention in 80 older adults in community samples in the American South. Volunteers completed Lay’s General Procrastination Inventory, Frost, Steketee, and Grisham’s Saving Inventory Revised, the Oral Trail Making Test, a computerized Stroop Color Word Test, and measures of semantic and phonemic verbal fluencies. Findings suggest that procrastination affects older adults and it may be reliably measured. As with younger people procrastination and hoarding correlated in a positive direction. Hoarding correlated negatively with performance on the Trail Making Test Part B and the Color Word Score on a modified version of the Stroop Test. Hoarding also correlated negatively with Semantic Fluency though not with Phonemic Fluency. Procrastination correlated significantly and negatively only with Semantic Fluency and not with other attention measures. Limitations of the study and implications for future research are discussed.


Procrastination Hoarding Adults older than 65 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

Research Regarding Human Subjects was approved from the Institution’s Human Subject’s Board.

Conflict of Interest

Authors have no conflicts of interest.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained for all participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RichmondUSA
  2. 2.College of Business and Social SciencesUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeMonroeUSA

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