In this study, at least 1 in 15 older adults in the U.S. reported having a history of incarceration in their lifetime. After adjusting for age, sex, race and ethnicity, wealth, educational attainment, and uninsured status, a history of incarceration was associated with a 20% to 80% increased risk of all geriatric syndromes evaluated, including impairment of activities of daily living and hearing impairment, according to the researchers. Researchers also found that a history of incarceration was also associated with increased risks of some chronic diseases, including chronic lung disease, mental health conditions, and heavy alcohol use.
If you have an experience with incarceration or confinement, health care reporter Sam Wildow would like to hear from you. Tell us about your experience with incarceration or confinement here.