Number of Arrests Rising of Older Persons with Dementia

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The New York Times ran a story in the Science section on July 25 (that section usually includes a column on aging) about the increased number of older people with dementia who get arrested because they take aggressive and even physical actions against others in assisted living or other settings.  There was even mention of a person with dementia who was shot for refusing to put down an item being carried, that turned out to be a crucifix.
Readers of this blog know that I reported on an unfortunate incident with an Albany woman with dementia who was arrested and was in the Albany County jail for over two months even though an evaluation determined she had dementia.
The Times article noted that many police departments that are progressive and community minded are now promoting police training in some of the problems of geriatrics and dementia.  The police officers were happy to get the training because they didn’t know how to deal with some of these incidents reported to them.
This is a very concrete recommendation that would be very age-friendly for every community and it would be a tangible action that could be recommended to local municipalities.
Here is the link to the NY Times article.  You may need a subscription to view it.

“Add Arrest to the Indignities of Aging”

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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