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California deals with dementia among aging prisoners

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By ITN News Editor June 20, 2018 13:20

California deals with dementia among aging prisoners

California prison inmate Richard Arriola doesn’t remember the digestion problems that drove him to the doctor on a recent morning, or details of the conviction for child molestation that sent him to prison at age 88. Arriola is one of about 9,200 inmates over the age of 60 in California prisons, a swelling population that has led authorities to take the first steps toward creating a dementia unit at the state’s main prison medical facility in the San Joaquin Valley city of Stockton. The wing would mark a shift from California’s earlier efforts to treat prisoners with cognitive decline, relying on inmate volunteers and a modest staff to help them rather than a more expensive medical unit.

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By ITN News Editor June 20, 2018 13:20
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