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Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults

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The course describes the various assessment tools and best practice interventions that have been developed by researchers, health and human service workers, and community task force personnel in their work with people with hoarding disorders. Also reviewed are the ethical and legal issues that can arise when hoarding behaviors endanger the individual or others in the community.

The goal of this course is to provide you with a better understanding of the possible causes of this disorder and how it affects the individual’s behavior and ability to function within their home and community. Stories and case descriptions provide concrete examples of how hoarding behaviors may be manifested and treated in older adults who have hoarding disorder as a primary diagnosis, as well as those whose hoarding is a manifestation of an underlying medical or mental health disorder.

Learner Feedback:

“This course has provided a good foundation to begin addressing Hoarding disorder with clients if it becomes an issue they need assistance with. I can discuss the topic without being offensive and keeping an open mind. I also think I now have basic skills to assist a client in opening up and understanding the issue and agencies to reach out to for assistance.”

Success Story:   Read how the town of Randolph, Massachusetts relied on this course to train their firefighters, police, health officials, mental health providers, social workers and housing managers to reduce stigma and hoarding in their community.



  • State the various causes of hoarding disorder.
  • Discuss how hoarding affects the activities of daily living.
  • List the personal and public health risks of hoarding.
  • Summarize the federal laws that protect the rights of people who hoard.
  • Assess risk to personal autonomy as it relates to risk to community at large.
  • Judge the efficacy of interventions used to treat hoarding disorders.
  • Summarize the ethical principles of confidentiality, autonomy, beneficence.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: Background and Scope
  • Section III: Key Content
  • Section IV: Animal Hoarding
  • Section V: Assessment of Hoarding Disorder
  • Section VI: Interventions of Hoarding Disorder
  • Section VII: Hoarding Disorder and Housing
  • Section VIII: Ethical and Legal Concerns in Hoarding Disorder
  • Section IX: Course Summary and Resources
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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