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  • Writer's pictureCerissa Burden, MS, SPHR CB3 Connections, LLC

The Aging Incarcerated Population in the US: A Call to Action for Senior Healthcare Leaders to Partner with Correctional Health

Updated: Mar 9

The United States is facing a growing yet often overlooked challenge within its correctional facilities—the rapid aging of its incarcerated population. This demographic shift brings complex healthcare needs to the fore that correctional facilities are not yet fully equipped to manage. It presents an urgent call to action for medical and administration leaders in senior healthcare, including those in senior care.

The Demographic Shift

Over the past few decades, the number of older adults in prisons has skyrocketed, a result of longer sentences and more stringent parole policies. According to recent studies, the population of incarcerated individuals over the age of 55 is expected to comprise a significant portion of the total prison population in the coming years. This aging cohort suffers from a higher prevalence of chronic conditions, disabilities, and cognitive disorders compared to their non-incarcerated peers, necessitating specialized healthcare services that go beyond the capacity of current prison healthcare systems.

The Healthcare Challenge

Prisons are becoming unintended nursing homes, yet they lack the infrastructure, staffing, and expertise to provide adequate senior care. The correctional environment exacerbates the health issues faced by older adults, leading to accelerated physical and mental decline. The unique healthcare needs of this population include chronic disease management, geriatric psychiatry, palliative care, and rehabilitation services, all of which require specialized knowledge and skills.

The Opportunity for Senior Healthcare Leaders

This presents an unprecedented opportunity for senior healthcare leaders to step forward and drive positive change. There is a critical need for collaboration between correctional facilities and senior healthcare services to ensure that aging individuals receive the care they deserve. This includes implementing comprehensive geriatric assessments, developing individualized care plans, and ensuring continuity of care post-release.

CB3 Connections: Bridging the Gap

CB3 Connections, a boutique recruiting firm specializing in placing senior care leaders, is at the forefront of addressing this challenge. CB3 recognizes the unique skill set required to navigate the complexities of correctional health and senior care. By partnering with CB3, healthcare facilities, and correctional institutions can tap into a network of experienced professionals ready to make a difference.

CB3 is not just a recruiting firm; it's a catalyst for change. By focusing on the intersection of senior care and correctional health, CB3 facilitates the placement of leaders who are adept at managing the clinical aspects of geriatric care and understand the regulatory, ethical, and social nuances of working within the correctional system.

Call to Action

We urge medical and administration leaders in senior healthcare to consider the role they can play in addressing the needs of the aging incarcerated population. Whether through direct engagement in correctional health, developing specialized programs for the aging, or advocating for policy reforms, there is a broad spectrum of opportunities to make an impact.

Collaborating with CB3 Connections can amplify your efforts, providing the expertise and support needed to navigate this challenging but rewarding field. Together, we can improve the quality of life for older adults in correctional settings and ensure they receive the compassionate and comprehensive care they deserve.

In conclusion, the aging incarcerated population is an issue that cannot be ignored. It's a public health challenge, a social justice issue, and an opportunity for innovation in senior care. As leaders in the field, you have the power to drive change. Let's work together to transform the correctional health and senior care landscape, creating a more humane and equitable system for all.

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Please consult with qualified healthcare professionals for any specific questions or concerns.

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