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Prison’s Dementia Unit a First

Posted May 29, 2007 8:05 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York prison is the first in the state, and possibly the nation, to create a unit for prisoners with dementia.

The unit opened in October at Fishkill state prison, about 70 miles north of New York City, according to Associated Press. The average age of the inmates there is 62.

Experts say more prisons will likely be opening such units as the inmate population ages, the article says. The number of prisoners over age 50 in state and federal prisons is increasing by about 8 percent each year.

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