Dementia in prison's is a topic that has risen to the surface again.
The disease is now affecting more and more young adults and the UK has not got a grip on the problem.
Imagine being 50 years old stuck in a care home with 80/90 year old's having to listen to war time singalongs and watch endless Doris Day movies over and over again? Not that there is anything wrong with Doris Day flicks but you see my point? Dementia is not an 'old person's' illness; it is a disease that also cripples the mind of 40/50 year old's.
Dementia in prison's is probably on the rise has it has been proven that prolonged substance and alcohol abuse is a contributing factor and considering the prison population hosts a very high percent of people with drug and alcohol addiction and crimes related to their addictions - dementia is literally lurking in the wings. Dementia in prison's is about to become a common issue. I say 'issue' because I am eager to know how many prison officers are trained to support individuals with dementia?
There are different forms of dementia. Take for example frontal lobe dementia.
Symptoms of this disease include: cigarette cravings; cravings for chocolate and repetitive routine. What about sun-downing? Sun-downing is when a person with dementia often wanders throughout the late evening. A person with dementia in prison cannot wander because prisoner's are behind their doors every night at 20.00.
What if a person with dementia wanders in to someone else's cell and takes a bar of chocolate or some tobacco because they are craving the need? And what if the occupant of the cell has no knowledge of the disease? It is certainly a grey area. What do you think? Have you got a loved one in prison who has dementia?
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