Do you know a senior who has some form of cognitive impairment and rummages through their belongings or maybe those of someone else? Maybe he or she still lives independently at home or has moved into a senior living community. Either way, rummaging can cause a lot of different emotional reactions for both the senior and others involved in it. Some rummaging can cause others to get upset because their personal items might be rearranged or left messy. Others may become frustrated or angry at the individual rummaging through their belongings. Items may become lost or misplaced, causing aggravation and annoyance. The individual doing the rummaging may find comfort in it. He or she may find rummaging soothing, relaxing and stress-free. In other words, it can be an effective coping mechanism.

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