Elderly Dementia Childlike Behavior

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Rummaging and Hoarding Behavior in the Elderly and Alzheimer's Patients

The Social Services Team at the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) frequently receives questions from caregivers regarding rummaging or hoarding behavior by loved ones. These behaviors are common among individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. We would like to share some tips for caregivers whose loved ones are hoarding or rummaging.


Individuals with dementia sometimes put items down and forget where they put them. They may also save or hoard items including food or...

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