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A study conducted by Kansas University’s gerontology center found that after age 50, people become less likely to sell or donate things they no longer need. The researchers found that among people over 70 years of age, about 30 percent said they had done nothing over the past year to give away belongings. 80 percent of the same group said they had sold nothing in the previous twelve month period. The surprising twist the researchers discovered was that though few people tried to give things away or sell them, more than half the respondents in all age categories over 50 said they have too many things. The researchers say part of the issues may be related to an increased physical or emotional difficulty connected with going rid of unneeded items. Reflecting on the study Mary Kay Buysse, executive director of the national Association of Senior Move Managers, an organization which helps older people move said, “Sometimes when an adult child steps in to help mom or dad, they bring emotional baggage. A lot of people are afraid they will lose the memory if they lose the item.” Buysse added, “As a culture, we need to look at whether we need all of our stuff. Not everything has to go, but not everything should stay.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

Older adults may struggle with excess possessions, By Allison Bond,, Accessed March 6, 2014.

Luke 12:15 (HCSB) He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”

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