Well, first of all, let me say I admire you for being concerned. That says a lot about you as a person. Second of all, as you get older, you will realize there are people you simply cannot help. From my quick read of your posts, I'm guessing your customer is one of those. Secondly, let me point out that the Great Depression started in 1929, lasting until, I think, the mid-1930's. So, unless this lady is close to 90, it is unlikely she personally remembers anything about it. Now, I'm certain she heard many stories growing up from her parents and others, which may have set the stage for some of her eccentricities, but there are hoarders in their 20's, so I'm not sure you can consider that a factor. People are, well, just different. We have a neighbor two doors down from us whose yard is filled with junk cars. A lady and her son live there, with him being probably 50 years old. He is in good health, and physically fit. He mows the yard about 4 or 5 times a year, normally doesn't trim. A large oak tree on the property fell probably 3 or 4 years ago. The limbs have been removed, the trunk is still laying there. Several years ago, I was looking for a used boat, and heard he had one he didn't use. I asked him about it, and he told me it was in the garage, but there was so much stuff piled in there, it wasn't worth it to him to clean it out so he could sell it. What I'm trying to say is that people like your client live that way because they choose to do so, not because they have to. Don't let yourself get sucked in. Just my opinion. Good luck.