Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
The number of older adults in custody has significantly increased over the past few decades, now accounting for 10% of the total prison population (Carson & Sabol, 2016). It has been documented that older adults in custody have been subjected to bullying, lack of understanding and knowledge among prison staff, harassment, isolation, lack of age-appropriate occupations and more (Du Toit & McGrath, 2018). Increased staff training on older adult care (Brooke & Ryback, 2020; Williams et al. 2012), environmental modifications (Bierie, 2018; Brooke et al., 2020; Du Toit et al., 2019; Du Toit & McGrath, 2018; Maschi et al., 2012), and opportunities for age-appropriate occupations (Du Toit & McGrath, 2018) have been highlighted as potential solutions to decrease the barriers older adults in custody face.
Pettersen, Therese, "THE PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND: OLDER ADULTS IN CUSTODY" (2023). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 573.