The suicide rate in adults over the age of 65 is above the national average with white males over the age of 85 having the highest rate in any population. We are often quick to assume that depression is the primary reason behind suicidal thoughts and ideation in the elderly. Recent research, however, suggests that elderly "blame their struggles with illness, disability, financial concerns, family difficulties and bereavement for their suicidal thoughts." As such, focusing purely on an older adult's mood may not be adequate in addressing the root cause of their suicidal thoughts. To learn more about suicide in the elderly check out this great New York Times article by Judith Graham.
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