NY Prison Create Dementia Unit as Inmate Population Ages

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NY      Prison Create Dementia Unit as Inmate Population Ages                            By Michael Hill, The Associated Press

May 28, 2007 new 2013, 11

      FISHKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Past a metal gate, near a board listing names and inmate numbers, white-haired men in robes watch “The Price is Right” in the day room. Out on the balcony, another patient looks through the bars as he fidgets from side to side. Units catering to patients with dementia-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease are common. But they’re not like the one here in Fishkill state prison.       In years past, men here were convicted crimes like of murder, robbery and rape. Now they are the first group of patients in Fishkill’s “unit for cognitively impaired inmates,” a therapeutic center created by New York prison officials faced with an aging inmate population. “Some of them don’t even remember their crimes,” said Dr. Edward…

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