Study to Focus on Depression and Suicidal Thoughts among Aging People in Prison
Date:  11-13-2016

Five-year study hope findings will encourage prisons to develop interventions that will decrease depression
Via The Crime Report

As they add to a comparatively small but growing body of research, correctional health doctors and epidemiologists in Connecticut have started selecting 250 inmates to participate in a study on depression and suicidal thoughts among aging prisoners— the nation’s fastest-growing prison population.

For 30 months, the team will monitor physical agility, wellness and illness among aged-50-and-over inmates who volunteer as study participants. Researchers will focus on possible links between those medical areas and inmates’ cognitive skills, memory, mental clarity and overall mental health. The University of Connecticut Health Center’s Center on Aging researchers are part of a relative handful of scientists who have been analyzing the particular needs of the nation’s growing cohort of aging inmates, and pushing for standardized care to replace what largely are varying, state-by-state rules governing inmates’ mental health and other medical care.