Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Elder Services responds to hoarding issues

By Jesse Roman

DANVERS — Not long ago, a local woman with a serious hoarding problem was rushed to the hospital after a pile of her belongings fell on top of her. She was trapped for a day before someone found her.

"We've had a couple of really bad cases that people in the community knew were hoarding, but they didn't know who to call or where to go," says Shelly Luckenbill, the protective services program manager at North Shore Elder Services in Danvers. "Unfortunately we only get there when there's a crisis; when the courts are involved or there's an eviction notice."

In response to what it sees as a growing problem, Elder Services has formed a hoarding task force, which is working to give people with hoarding issues more options for help..." More

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