A Scottish jail is working with prisoners to raise awareness of dementia with an ageing prison population.

Shotts Prison in Lanarkshire is collaborating with Alzheimer Scotland with workshops for inmates and staff on the condition and how to support those affected.

Dementia is expected to double within the next 20 to 25 years and with more older people both serving time in Jail and an ageing staff as well prison authorities decided to act.

Scott Cringles, Skills and Employability Unit Manager at Shotts Prison, said: “The sessions we have already delivered in partnership has seen some staff and prisoners look for more information as clearly dementia can affect any one.  If we can give staff some information, which will have the added benefit of recognising signs and symptoms, not only in work but also in home life, then there is a clear benefit to all.”

Lorna Hart, Dementia Advisor, Alzheimer Scotland, said: “During our discussions with staff, we have looked at ways to create dementia friendly environments including the workplace itself and the layout of the cells. 

“We hope that this partnership will have a positive impact for the prison and for the staff. By increasing understanding of dementia they can also inform their own family and friends which in turn provides more knowledge to the wider community.”