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Up to date service evaluations and needs assessments would be useful in caring for elderly prisoners

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7578
  1. Annie Bartlett, reader in forensic psychiatry1,
  2. Sandra Evans, consultant in general and old age psychiatry2
  1. 1St George’s University of London, London SW17 0RE, UK
  2. 2East London Foundation NHS Trust, London
  1. abartlet{at}

We disagree with some of Ginn’s conclusions about elderly prisoners.1

The prison service calls 50 years and over “elderly”; this is stigmatising and inadvertently reduces expectations. External health services call over 65 year olds “older adults,” and the Prison Reform Trust suggests that “older” starts at 60 years.2 Prisoners may be functionally older, but imprisonment can reduce risks associated with unhealthy lifestyles. …

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