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In the media: Researcher probes why older adults have trouble letting go of possessions

Monday, March 10, 2014

It can be hard to part with things, especially those with an emotional attachment. For some, as they age this process becomes even harder. Why is it so hard to get rid of possessions for some older adults?

David Ekerdt, professor of sociology and director of the University of Kansas Gerontology Center, has researched why older adults struggle getting rid of their stuff and how this affects them. Recently, he has been featured in several prominent media outlets for this research. 

Read this article from Reuters, "Older adults may struggle with excess possessions," and listen to the piece from National Public Radio, "Why Older Adults Have A Hard Time Letting Their Stuff Go​."