How the Aging Population is Changing Prison

By Lori Gonzalez, Ph.D. (2021) The U.S. prison population is aging- raising questions about just deserts and containing costs associated with housing older people. Those who are 55 and older have become the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population, growing 280 percent between 1999 and 2016 and projected to make up 1/3 of […]

The Role of Community Health Workers in Improving Older Latino Health

By Lori Gonzalez (2021) Although older Latinos and Whites are equally as likely to be living with one or more chronic conditions, older Latinos report poorer health, lower access to health care providers, and less satisfaction with health care providers.  Older Latinos face several barriers when engaging with the health care system including a lack […]

Florida’s Strained Mental Health System

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness is a serious and prevalent condition in today’s society. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States currently experience any mental illness and 4.2% experience serious mental illness (SAMHSA, 2014). Despite the consistent magnitude of this condition throughout […]

Mental Health and Violence: Misconceptions Surrounding Mental Illness

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness is a serious and prevalent condition in today’s society. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 18.5% of adults in the United States currently experience any mental illness and 4.2% experience serious mental illness (SAMHSA, 2014). Despite the prevalence of this condition, there remains […]

Aging and Mental Health: The Troubles Facing the Current Geriatric Mental Health System

By Kacey Heekin (2015) Mental illness in older adults isa prevalent condition that is associated with serious physical, social, and economic consequences. A significant percentage of older adults in the United States experience mental illness, although the exact prevalence of mental illness in older adults varies by definition and source. According to a report by […]