AAA Support for Aging Prisoners Focus of New Report
As showcased in the Washington Post, n4a released a report Tuesday titled, “Supporting America's Aging Prisoner Population: Opportunities & Challenges for Area Agencies on Aging” which highlights innovative programs to support aging prisoners being offered by AAAs in several states.
The report also includes key findings from a survey of AAAs to determine the extent to which the Aging Network currently provides programs to support aging prisoners, the nature of those programs and whether there is interest in becoming involved in the future. While only 9 percent of survey respondents said they are currently working with aging prisoners, 74 percent said they would be interested in participating in a pilot program focusing on this issue in the future.
According to the survey, 40 percent of programs offered by AAAs involve chronic disease self-management education (CDSME). As discussed in the report, CDSME programs are frequently utilized because most AAAs already have robust evidence-based programs that may be easily transferrable to the aging prisoner population.
To provide more details about the report's key findings and to highlight the successful CDSME program being offered in Virginia's correctional system, we hosted a webinar on the day of the report's release. If you weren't able to participate, check out the webinar recording or the presentation.