"He Needed Just About Everything": Caring for Aging Adults Postincarceration.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


We conducted a thematic analysis on semi-structured interviews with 11 caregivers.


Caregivers discussed how prior incarceration coupled with aging present barriers to housing, employment, and safety-net benefits-making caregiving more difficult. Caregivers assist their older care recipients to develop essential life skills (e.g., scheduling tasks, applying for services) and navigate the dynamic aging process (e.g., loneliness, illness). Caregivers struggle to gain care recipients' trust, often due to their past trauma.


Caregivers play essential roles supporting older adults postincarceration, yet they experience significant challenges with limited resources. This study informed the development of a resource guide to assist caregivers. Dedicated programs and policies are needed to address these needs at the local level.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jimenez, LB; Cross, SH; Boucher, NA

Published Date

  • December 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1828 - 1836

PubMed ID

  • 33554719

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4523

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-4648

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0733464821990511


  • eng