Suicide in Older Adults

Contrary to popular beliefs that suicide is a phenomenon of youth, in developed countries, persons over age 65 usually have the highest suicide rates

Brian L. Mishara

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • Contrary to popular beliefs that suicide is a phenomenon of youth, in developed countries, persons over age 65 usually have the highest suicide rates
  • Suicide statistics indicate a dramatic increase in suicide rates with advanced age
  • This association between suicide and old age is evident in the United States where the highest suicide rate for all age-gender-race groups is in white men over age 85(Maris, Berman, & Silverman, 2000)
  • Despite the association between increased suicide risk and advanced age, few primary prevention programs focus upon older persons
  • International Journal on Death and Dying, 39(1), 1–70.Google Scholar

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