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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Margaret Manoogian

Language

ENG

Abstract

As the aging American population grows, so does the aging population within the penal system. Historically, correctional institutions were designed for young, able-bodied inmates. Today, correctional institutions are finding the need to make accommodations for the unique physical and cognitive needs of those over age 55. Due to lack of health care and illicit behaviors, individuals who are incarcerated typically experience negative outcomes of aging earlier than those in the general population. With increased sentence lengths and a decline in physical and cognitive abilities, correctional facilities are finding it necessary to identify and create modifications. Some of the challenges correctional institutions are facing include structural changes to buildings, programs to aid with physical and cognitive decline, assistance with activities of daily living, as well as palliative and hospice care services. This literature review discusses the challenges and adaptations needed as inmates age in place, as well as outlines some successful trainings to educate corrections employees on the unique needs of aging inmates.

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