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KU Med's Linda Redford Works To Meet Needs Of Aging Prison Population

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America’s prisons are dealing with an unprecedented issue: a rapidly increasing population of elderly inmates. It’s estimated that one-third of the entire prison population will be 55 years and older by the year 2030.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske speaks with Linda Redford, Ph.D., about the challenges facing correctional facilities as those incarcerated age and experience the ailments that can come with growing old including Alzheimers and dementia. Redford explains the programs she has developed and implemented to help prisons meet the needs of this segment of their populations, and to help inmates help each other.

Guest:

  • Linda Redford, Ph.D., is Director of the Geriatric Education Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.