16 Sep '12, 6pm

One Problem Goes Unnoticed: Suicide Among The Elderly

While suicide among teenagers is often given a high profile in the media, the issue of suicide among older adults and the elderly often goes under-reported. How big is the problem and how can you help? Suicide Among Older Adults: The Statistics The most recent statistics based on 2009 data from the American Association of Suicidology shows that even though the elderly — defined as people age 65 and over — make up only 12.9 percent of the population, they account for almost 15.9 percent of all suicides . To put this in perspective, the rate of suicide among the elderly in 2009 was 14.8 per 100,000 or one elder suicide every 90 minutes , nearly 16 every day and a total of 5,858 suicides among those 65 and older . In terms of demographics, men are much more likely to take their own lives. Figures show that in 2009, 84.4 percent of elder suicides were male, 5.4 times greater t...

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