OLDER MEN AND WOMEN

 

Some Features Of Older Men And Women

These are features of older men and women to be considered along with the risk factors on the risk factor page.

  • Loss of former functioning
  • Cultural issues
  • Carer stress
  • Alcoholism
  • Ill health
  • Depression, although the contribution of mental health disorders is less than in the younger age groups[2]
  • Isolation and social disconnectedness[1]
  • Loss of partner
  • High number of suicides occur, however other causes of death dominate
  • Impulsivity is less of a factor
  • Suicide is more calculated; less opportunities for rescue
  • Suicidal thinking less common in this group but, when it does occur, it indicates a high risk of suicide
  • Few suicides occur in the context of terminal physical illness and these suicides may be mediated or affected by depression[3] 


  • Useful Contacts For Older Men And Women

 

[1] Almeida, O. P., Draper, B., Snowdon, J., Lautenschlager, N. T., Pirkis, J., Byrne, G., Sim, M., Stocks, N., Flicker, L., & Pfaff, J. J. (2012). Factors associated with suicidal thoughts in a large community study of older adults. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 201, 466-472.

[2] Slade, T., Johnston, A., Teesson, M., Whiteford, H., Burgess, P., Pirkis, J., & Saw, S. (2009). The Mental Health of Australians 2. Canberra, Australia: Department of Health andAgeing.

[3] Conwell, Y., Duberstein, P. R., & Caine, E. D. (2002). Risk factors for suicide in later life. Biological Psychiatry, 52(3), 193-204.

 

 

 

 

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