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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