A new type of Memory Disorder Unit (MDU) is being tested at a federal prison medical center in Massachusetts; it is the first unit within the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) system that is specifically geared toward housing and treating inmates with dementia. The specialized housing unit is based on a nursing home model; it houses 36 inmates diagnosed with dementia and in the middle stages of the disease. Inmates who are certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and staff who are certified in dementia care (CDCTP) staff the unit and help the inmates with dementia accomplish activities of daily living. The . . .