Nancy Rosen presented the program, “A Little Hoarding in All of Us,” to the Heart-N-Hands Extension Homemakers Club.

The meeting was held at the Centennial Fellowship Church at White Hall. Rosen opened her program by asking the club why people hoard. Common responses were: difficulty getting rid of items because they might need them later, fear of not having control over their life, holding on to pleasant memories and clinging to deceased family members’ possessions, according to a news release.

There is a difference between collecting and hoarding. Collecting is a hobby involving intentional seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, displaying, caring for and maintaining items of interest.

Hoarding includes all three of the following: A person collects and keeps a lot of items, even if they are useless or of little value to most people. These items clutter the living spaces and keep the person from using their rooms as they were intended. These items cause distress or problems in day-to-day activities.

The different levels of hoarding were explained. In Level One clutter is not excessive, all doors and stairways are accessible. In Levels Three, Four, and Five the clutter is from the floor to the ceiling, the house falls in disrepair, plumbing leaks, windows are broken, food is rotting, and there are no clear paths, no place to sit, eat, or sleep, and there is major pest infestations. Animal hoarding is especially problematic in terms of health concerns, according to the release.

Hoarding affects everyone in the family. Homes are so completely packed that the family can’t cook in their kitchen because every surface is covered, can’t sleep in their beds, can’t have visitors and often lose spouses and children because of the appalling living conditions.

Rosen closed her program by stating that compulsive hoarding can greatly affect children of hoarders as they grow up in this environment and may eventually begin to experience the same behaviors.

The guest speaker was Jeanette Bradshaw, RSVP Coordinator of Volunteers, who spoke on new volunteer opportunities and the importance of turning in volunteer hours.

For Show and Tell, Sandy Smith brought a flag painting and stenciled sign.

Delores Kelley, community service chairwoman, announced that the club had collected 70 food items toward the goal of 2,200.

Rosen, special community service project chairwoman, announced that the committee had met and recommended that the club assist four nursing homes with Bingo prizes and other donations.

Cathy Lewis, club president, thanked everyone who participated in club and county activities. Laura Sellers, who works for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, presented a Terrarium Workshop. Those attending the workshop were: Gerry Crutchfield, Vivian Gerlach, Peyton King, Cathy Lewis, Lynda Toler, Baleigh Boykin, Carolyn Harness, Patsy Brown, Brenda Robinson, Connie Herrin, Debbie James, Kaye Richardson and Jody Stout.

The Jefferson County EHC attended “Legally Blonde” at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas as a fellowship tour. Those attending from Heart-N-Hands were: Donna McGowan, Doris Turbeville, Harnesss, Robinson, Kelley, Crutchfield, Brown, Lewis, Richardson, Herrin, Stout, Boykin, Liz Crosby, Sandy Smith, Rosen, Brenda Dixon, Margaret Thomas and Carol Hastings.

Nicole Bates, an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) from the South Central Center on Aging, explained what their purpose was and how the club members could become involved.

Guests at the meeting were Jeanette Bradshaw, Nicole Bates, and Brenda Hendrix, guest of Brown. Hendrix was welcomed as Heart-N-Hands newest member.

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