Diogenes syndrome

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Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher who lived a minimalist, ascetic lifestyle. Diogenes sought an honest man, but did not find sufficient to be a hoarder. The eponym is ill-applied as he was neither socially withdrawn or a hoarder.

People get old and mad, hoard and don't clean. Also known as senile squalor syndrome. First described in 1975.[1]

The act of 1948 may occasionally be invoked, to remove them and muck out the accommodation, or industrial cleaners may go in when they become ill enough to be carried away. A mental health act assessment may be carried out.

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