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My Mother, Your Mother Dennis MCullough, M.D.

One of my highest words of praise for any book is “lyrical.” Dennis McCullough’s My Mother, Your Mother is lyrical, meditative and compelling. Dr. McCullough dissects the current state of medical care for Seniors with authority: he is a family physician and geriatrician in practice for over 30 years, faculty at Dartmouth Medical School, and…

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Stages of Senior Care Paul and Lori Hogan

There is a bewildering selection of “how to care for the elderly” books. Paul and Lori Hogan, in Stages of Senior Care, wrote one which is worth finding. They teach their readers about critical potential resources for the challenges: professional, non-familial service providers, for example through home health agencies which can provide in-home nursing assistance,…

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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move is a book. But it’s also a plea, spoken by someone forced to hastily move out of his/her home because a complication of aging has caused him/her catastrophic harm. Vickie Dellaquila, a Certified Professional Organizer(R) of the National…

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Age in Place by Lynda G. Shrager – MUST-READ

I’m preparing for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) Level II Aging Specialist Certificate. I found Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing, and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home by Lynda G. Shrager while I was looking for another book entirely. That was my momentous good fortune. I think so highly of this book…

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How to Say It to Seniors – David Solie

How to Say it to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders by David Solie is one of the required reading books on the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s list for its Level II Aging Specialist Certificate. Mr. Solie teaches us how to finetune our conversational style to match the unique, long-term perspective of Seniors.…

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Buried in Treasures – David Tolin Randy Frost Gail Steketee

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee is playful. It refers to “good guys,” positive habits for controlling hoarding impulses, and “bad guys,” negative habits exacerbating hoarding. There are jokes scattered among the pages. It’s well-written – there are passages that are…

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Treatment for Hoarding Disorder – Gail Steketee & Randy O Frost

The Treatment for Hoarding Disorder Workbook by Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost, one publication in the Treatments That Work catalog of Oxford University Press, is, ideally, a tool used collaboratively by a person with hoarding disorder and his/her clinician to allow the afflicted client and the clinician to tailor treatment as concretely as possible…

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Digging Out – Start with Forgiving

Hoarded room Casual Uncluttering project

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring by Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. and Tamara L. Hartl, Ph.D. offers a methodical, scrupulous, comprehensive and clinically-developed program for a support team to attempt to help a person with hoarding disorder clear his or her environment to an extent which will make that…

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Fugen Neziroglu and the Bio-Behavioral Institute

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu and colleagues at her Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, USA wrote Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save and How You Can Stop in 2004. Her book is tremendous potential self-help for people who suspect they have, or know they have, hoarding disorder. She offers step-by-step, carefully designed, vigorously tested, achievable exercises…

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A Happier Ending

I’m studying for my next Level II Certificate of Study with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD): Aging. And I’m on the Board of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals Seattle Area Chapter. We have a lending library, and I just finished a tedious project of re-indexing our offerings. And “the Great Material…

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