When you last went into your parent’s place, were you overwhelmed by how much stuff they’ve accumulated? What was once a nice, clean home now seems to be consumed by clutter? Somewhere in the aging process it happens to a great many seniors. There are many reasons why seniors won’t give up their stuff; there is also many ways you can help them to overcome their attachment and control it in many different and ingenious ways.
I wore that dress to my baby shower; that was the sleeper I brought you home from the hospital in. Stories are a major way we recall the good things in life, and for many elderly people, things are a connection between the event and the memory. They have to hold on to the dress or the sleeper as a visual representation that it was a part of their lives. Instead of letting memories pile up in a corner, see if they will be willing to convert memories into other formats. Special clothes can be cut up and sewn into a quilt. Photos can be digitized and placed in digital frames or home movies they can watch again and again. And if they can help with the craft project, it makes the time even more special for the both of you.
Many of today’s elderly still recall the Great Depression, and many had to save and use things over and over again. They remember that, and conservation has remained a strong goal all of these years. Why throw out those shoes without taking out the shoestrings – they are still good. Seniors can come up with all kinds of reasons for saving things and putting things to use in more than one way. If they have trouble getting rid of things, find ways for them to donate instead. They may feel better about getting rid of things if they know its going to a good cause or a good home. [Read more…]