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Living With Dementia in Correctional Settings: A Case Report

Peacock, Shelley, RN, BSc, BSN, MN, PhD1; Hodson, Alexandra, RN, BScN, MN2; MacRae, Rhoda, RMN, MSc, PhD (Sociology)3; Peternelj-Taylor, Cindy, RN, BScN, MSc, DF-IAFN4

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000194
Case Report

ABSTRACT The prison population is aging at an alarming rate and many older persons have the potential to develop dementia while in prison. This case report aims to explore the needs of older people living with dementia in prison and discusses the interventions that exist to address these needs. As the condition progresses, persons with dementia become increasingly reliant on the support of others for their health and well-being because of the increasing complexity of physical healthcare and psychosocial needs. Very few interventions are cited in the research literature regarding the use, acceptability, and/or effectiveness of programming for people living with dementia in prison. To support the unique and complex needs of these persons, research is needed to guide the development of evidence-informed dementia programs and services as well as consideration of interdisciplinary collaboration with community organizations.

Author Affiliations:1College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan;

2Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina;

3School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland; and

4College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.

Case Report Editor: Annie Lewis-O'Connor, Brigham and Women's Hospital,

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Shelley Peacock, RN, BSc, BSN, MN, PhD, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, 4340 E-wing, Health Sciences Building, 104 Clinic Place, Saskatoon, Canada S7N 2Z4. E-mail:

Received August 11, 2017; accepted for publication March 6, 2018.

© 2018 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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