Equality News Update: Press and Journal: North-east prison officers given dementia training sessions

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Prison officers at HMP Grampian have been given training on how to cope with people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The awareness sessions, in response to an ageing prison population, are being delivered to staff across Scotland as part of the partnership between the Scottish Prison Service and the charity Alzheimer’s Scotland.

At the moment, 4.5% of prisoners are over the age of 60 which equates to 345 inmates.

And figures released in a recent freedom of information request revealed that 80 Scottish inmates are over 70 and 13 are older than 80.

Around 249 HMP staff in Scotland have attended sessions which highlight the impact on people’s lives, the changed capacity for communication and what it means for prisoners’ memories.

An SPS spokeswoman said: “At HMP Grampian, awareness sessions for staff and prisoners have taken place in the Learning Centre.

“Separate events have taken place to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and dementia, with guest speakers providing insight and personal context to these conditions.

Read more at: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/north-east/1527557/prison-officers-given-dementia-training-sessions/

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