Infographic of the Day: Suicide in the Elderly

October 1st, 2012
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Even though in 2006 the elderly (we’re starting with 65+ here) made up 12.5% of the population, they accounted for almost 15.9% of all suicides. The rates begin to increase in a group rather endearingly referred to as the ‘young-old,’ ages 65-85, and continues to increase among the (what else?) ‘old-old,’ at 85+.   White men over 85 are the greatest risk of all age-gender-race groups. In 2006 their suicide rate was 2.5 times the rate for men of all ages, and was six times that of the general population.There were 15 suicides a day among the elderly in 2007, which added up to 5,475 a year. But the numbers were even higher in 2010, with a total of six to ten thousand committing suicide yearly, the vast majority with firearms.

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  1. Explorer says :

    This is capable of so many quite different interpretations.

    Sick old people (as indicated by visits to the doctor) are more likely to self euthanasia.

    Primary care givers are relatively less competent at providing effective assistance for depression.

    The sick and elderly see the futility of gaining a few extra years at relatively large private expense that would be of greater value to assisting their children and grand children.



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