Q: Is there a service in the Quad-City area that provides guidance or help to older people dealing with the problem of hoarding?
- Wayland, Bettendorf
A: Wayland, I do happen to know of one such business that may be of help to those afflicted with a hoarding disorder.
Jill Bjerke is the president and chief executive officer of Davenport-based Home Transition Solutions, a company that essentially helps people get organized and get rid of things they don't need.
Bjerke said hoarding is an emotional and behavioral issue. "Some of it comes directly from having very little as a child and wanting to hold on to everything. Some is for sentimental reasons. But in any event, almost all of the time it results in a living space that is so jumbled and full of stuff that there is little room to move about or even sit sometimes."
Bjerke's company helps clients reduce as much clutter as possible. "Sometimes it can be a very emotional process for people to part with their things, but it is definitely easier for us to help a type of person who hoards, as objective observers, than it is for family members as we have no emotional ties either to the person or the objects."
Home Transition Solutions helps by sorting through things and putting them into labeled boxes (sell, store, donate/recycle, throw away, give to relatives, etc.)
They then remove the boxes as they fill up so that the rooms eventually are reorganized living spaces.
"However, at the onset, we warn the client that unless they stop saving everything, or buying more, we will have to come back at some point in the future and do it again," Bjerke said.
She said she once worked with a man in his 50s who had a path cleared from his front door to his kitchen.
"In 30 minutes, I found 30 pairs of reading glasses. He just kept buying more because he couldn't find the one he already had amongst the clutter."
Perhaps readers know of other services available to help with the problem of hoarding.
Q: I've noticed a couple of changes in the morning at "Quad-Cities Today" on KWQC-TV, Channel 6. What can you tell me about the new anchor with the big, blue eyes? And what about the new meteorologist, Greg Dutra? They both seem like good additions! And one more thing: What happened to reporter Jaclyn Rostie?
- Becky, Davenport
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A: The anchor's name is David Nelson, and he comes to the Quad-Cities from Virginia, where he previously worked as an anchor at WAVY-TV, said Denise Killian, KWQC news director.
"He brings many years of experience to the desk, and we're thrilled to have him as an addition to our team."
Killian said Nelson grew up in Tennessee and enjoys the outdoors - tennis and riding bicycles. Dutra comes to KWQC from a station in Bangor, Maine, and is an "absolute weather junkie," Killian said.
"He's excited to be in the heart of summer severe weather in the Quad-Cities."
She said Dutra grew up in upstate New York and loves sailing. "Both are great additions to Quad-Cities Today, and we look forward to the community getting to know these new faces."
As for Rostie, she resigned last month and is pursuing other opportunities outside of the news business, Killian said.