Elderly suicide rates hitting new highs as traditional social networks break down

Posted on June 17, 2013

The Who gave the world this famous line in their 1965 rock anthem My Generation.

The sneering words, delivered by lead singer Roger Daltry, and the song remain icons for the baby boomer generation to this day.

Sadly, many of them may be destined to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy and in doing so unwittingly pose the question: when did living longer become a problem rather than a blessing?

Although suicide death rates are lower among senior women, they have an overall higher rate of attempted suicide compared to senior men.

“Research consistently has shown high rates of suicide in the oldest age cohorts for men,” Wilson said. “Plus, adults over the age of 65 use the most lethal means of self-harm.

“We also know that the baby boom generation is a group that has a high lifetime suicide rate. This statistic, coupled with the aging demographics in Canada, will likely mean a greater number of older lives lost to suicide in the future.”

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Category(s):Aging & Geriatric Issues, Suicide Prevention

Source material from Toronto Sun

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