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What is Hoarding

Duncaster CCRC - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, CT, Oct. 11, 2017 - Duncaster Retirement Community will host a free program about hoarding on Thursday, November 9 at 3 p.m. It will feature, Janet G. Ragno, LCSW, Lead Primary Therapist at Windham Hospital’s Older Adult Program. The event, which is part of Duncaster’s ongoing Art & Science of Graceful Aging series, is open to the public with preregistration.

HoardingThe session will help participants define and understand hoarding and explain the steps that can be taken to overcome the condition. Two to six percent of people in the US have what Ragno defined as a “hoarding disorder.” This involves what Ragno calls “…an excessive accumulation of items and difficulty of parting with such possessions, regardless of value.” Sufferers of this condition are overwhelmed by the amount of clutter they have accumulated, and as they age their ability to manage it declines. In many cases, the clutter is so severe that rooms in their homes can no longer be used for their intended purpose, leading to isolation and problems with hygiene, safety and nutrition.

Ragno has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut. She is currently working on her Long-term Care Management Certification. For over 30 years, Ragno has been working in areas of aging. At Windham Hospital, Ragno directs the Older Adult Program and creates an environment that helps patients struggling with anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol addiction.

About Duncaster:

Duncaster, the Hartford area’s first LifeCare community, is located minutes from West Hartford and Simsbury in Bloomfield CT. This boutique Life Plan Community sits on 94 acres. While catering to the active and engaged in independent living neighborhoods, Duncaster also offers options for those seeking assisted living, memory care, long-term care and rehab services (all private) in intimate settings. Duncaster was voted the Best Retirement Community by readers of Hartford Magazine and the Connecticut Law Tribune. Residents have a role in governance and sit on the board – a rare distinction.

For more information, call us at 860-380-5006 or send us a note through our Contact Us form.

Media contact:

Andrea Obston
860-243-1447 (office) 860-803-1155 (cell)



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