The Health and Well-Being of Older Adults with a History of Incarceration

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March 5, 2024
9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Freer House Hoobler
71 E. Ferry
Detroit, MI 48202
Event category: Seminar

The Institute of Gerontology, Winter 2024 Colloquium Series is pleased to present

Speaker: Rodlescia S. Sneed, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Institute of Gerontology & Department of Psychology
Wayne State University

Title: The Health and Well-Being of Older Adults with a History of Incarceration

Abstract: The number of older adults with criminal justice system involvement has increased by more than 280% since 1999.  Despite this, there is limited attention in correctional settings to chronic disease and other health-related issues relevant to older adults. In her talk, Dr. Sneed will 1) discuss explanations for the increase in justice system involvement among older adults, 2) describe research on the health and well-being of this population, and 3) elaborate on her current project to develop strategies for implementing Chronic Disease Self-Management programming among older adults in prison.   

Bio:  Dr. Rodlescia S. Sneed is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Psychology at Wayne State.  Her research is focused on how the social environment impacts adult aging & development in diverse populations of mid and late-life adults. She conducts multilevel research that considers the role of individual, interpersonal, and structural issues in health outcomes in this population. Further, her work aims to close gaps that contribute to inequities in health and well-being. Dr. Sneed is the Principal Investigator of a 5-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to identify strategies for sustaining evidence-based health programs among older adults incarcerated in state prisons.  She serves as a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and is also an Executive Board Member of the MADE Institute, a community-based reentry program that provides supportive services for formerly incarcerated adults.

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