I believe that one of the most difficult tasks when dealing with elderly prisoners has to be the fact that so many of them are in poor states of health. A couple things factor into this, including poor health behaviors before being incarcerated, alcohol or drug abuse in the past, smoking cigarettes, lack of inactivity. All of these amount to countless problems when dealing with the older inmates. They must be given special medical attention depending on their types of needs which range from diabetes, heart problems, arthritis, vision problems, and other common geriatric medical issues. This means that many depend on medications in order to help them stay alive and well. Now at first it may seem like no big deal that a prisoner has to take many medications to function properly, but what if that prisoner is going to be released soon. Odds are that he or she will not be able to access the same type of medications and treatment that they receive while in prison. Thus once they are released they will go back to drugs or alcohol as a means of self-medicating, which could lead to trouble with the law once again and back in prison.
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