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Mental and Physical Health Issues for Older Inmates $20.00
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Mental and Physical Health Issues for Older Inmates

People are living longer in the United States. Consequently, the population in corrections is aging. The older population (age 50 and up) grew from 3 million in 1900 to 39 million in 2006. This accounted for 13% of the total population. What do these societal changes mean for correctional professionals? The administrative policy makers must be able to identify programmatic, medical, and fiscal priorities that will escalate as the prison population ages. The correctional health care staff must be able to identify and address acute and chronic medical and mental health concerns unique to this population, while line staff will need to develop new assessment and communication skills. This course is designed to enhance your knowledge of the medical and mental health changes exhibited in an older prison population. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify and differentiate clinical disorders most commonly exhibited in the geriatric population and how to most effectively deal with the subsequent behavioral issues. This course utilizes instructive information, self-study, and interactive exercises to expand the knowledge-base of all correctional staff dealing with older inmates. You will learn about the mental health issues faced by the older inmates, how their adjustment in corrections is also complicated by physical challenges they face, and key strategies you can use to more effectively promote their adjustment at your facility.
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Mental and Physical Health Issues for Older Inmates
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