Franklin James Cook

Study Points To Elderly’s Suicide Prevention Needs

In Prevention, Research on November 22, 2008 at 7:05 am

ORIGINAL REPORT — A report from Reuters on a study of suicide among the elderly calls for “additional research into suicide risk among elders residing in long-term care and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. … to identify effective preventive interventions.”

According to [Dr. Briana Mezuk, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor], “suicide prevention strategies aimed at older adults living in the community are either not reaching or are not effective at reducing suicide risk in long-term care settings.”

The recommendation for improved prevention programming stems from the study’s findings, which compared elderly suicide incidence in community and institutional settings.

In a review of the 1,771 suicide deaths between 1990 and 2005 among New York City residents aged 60 and older, researchers found a significant decrease in the relative rate of suicide in community-dwelling adults, but no change among elders living in long-term care facilities.

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