Mental and Physical Health Issues for Older Inmates

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.


Hours: 2.00


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Course Details

Course Code: EL-MHIO-CORR-0
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
List the major mental health disorders faced by elderly inmates.
Describe how the physical challenges faced by some elderly inmates make it more difficult for them to function in a correctional setting.
Discuss re-entry challenges faced by the elderly inmate.

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributors B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Elderly Adult Population in Corrections A. Meet Officer Jones B. The Changing Age Profile in Corrections and the USA Section 3: Mental Health Disorders in Older Adults A. Overview B. Overview Continued C. Depression D. Let’s Review E. Late Life Schizophrenia F. The Symptoms of Schizophrenia G. Let’s Review H. Alcohol and Drug Use I. Symptoms of Intoxication and Withdrawal J. Clinical Management K. Anxiety L. Symptoms of Anxiety M. Clinical Management of Anxiety N. Let’s Review Anxiety O. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) P. Alzheimer’s Disease, continued Q. General Tips for Communication R. Let’s Review 1 S. Let’s Review 2 T. Let’s Review 3 U. Let’s Review 4 V. Let’s Review 5 W. Let’s Review 6 Section 4: Physical and Other Challenges Faced by the Elderly A. Daily Challenges B. Daily Challenges, Continued C. The Impact on Communication D. Aging and the Reentry Process Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. National Institute of Corrections Recommendations C. References

Instructor: Eleanor Kalfs RN, CCNM
Eleanor M. Kalfs RN, CCNM has 43 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Since 1984, her career has focused on correctional health care in adult and juvenile correctional settings in Ohio. While with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, she moved up from Nursing Supervisor, to Regional Medical Administrator, to Central Office Administrator. At Central Office, she was responsible for developing policies, procedures, programming, and action plans to achieve resolution of medically related federal consent decrees. In 1999, Mrs. Kalfs joined the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a Central Office level Health Planning Administrator. She also acted as the Health Care Administrator for a 25 bed residential drug/alcohol treatment facility for female offenders, in addition to acting as the Central Office ACA Accreditation Manager from 2001-2007.Mrs. Kalfs, a member of ACA since 1984, is an accredited ACA Auditor and a Certified Correctional Nurse Manager. Mrs. Kalfs has worked as an independent Correctional Health Care Consultant since 2008 under contract with the State of Mississippi to provide correctional medical direction to achieve and maintain compliance with an ongoing federal consent decree with the Division of Youth Services. Disclosure: Eleanor Kalfs RN, CCNM has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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