Suicide in the Elderly

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Suicide completion by a person age 65 or over
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Mark Kaplan, professor of community health at Portland State University, notes that Oregon ranks in the top 10 states for its suicide rate, and in the top five for its elderly suicide rate.
The statistics surrounding elderly suicide are alarming.
AN elderly suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 17 as Shia worshippers left a prayer meeting in the city of Tal Afar in north west Iraq.
Arbore, founder and director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco.
Some of the issues surrounding elderly suicide, such as depression and feelings of low self-esteem, are shared by those desperate enough to take their own life in all age groups.
In December, the White House Conference on Aging made an important first step in bringing the problem of elderly suicide to the attention of policymakers.
And here's the really bad news: Even if the elderly suicide rate remains flat over the next several decades--and that's certainly not a given, as some experts forecast a greatly increased suicide rate among the elderly as take-charge baby boomers become frail senior citizens--the harsh reality is that both the absolute number of elderly suicides and the proportion of all suicides occurring in the elderly will skyrocket.
Sex differences in elderly suicide rates: Some predictive factors.
CHICAGO -- Primary care physicians may be the only ones to see the red flags associated with suicide in elderly patients, because most elderly suicide victims never come to the attention of psychiatrists.
Because most elderly suicide victims-70 percent-have visited their primary care physician in the month prior to [Illegible Text] and treatment of depression in the medical setting is a promising way to prevent elderly suicide.
The painful causes of elderly suicide -- loneliness and social isolation -- are treatable.
For women, again, youth suicide rates resembled elderly suicide rates in being associated with divorce and birth rates, while the suicide rates of middle-aged adults were associated with marriage rates.