Thursday, August 31, 2006

UK: Elderly women have highest suicide rate among all women

Women above the age of 75 have the highest suicide rates among the female population.

While men aged between 15 and 44 years old are the most likely among their gender to kill themselves, it is older women who are more at risk than their younger counterparts, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

In England, about seven per 100,000 women over 75 commit suicide each year, compared with about six per 100,000 in the 45-75 range and only five among those aged 15 to 44.


Read the rest in The Independent.

Ed:  In the US, The poverty rate among elderly women generally is more that 75% higher than that of elderly men.   Almost half of elderly African American and Hispanic elderly women live in poverty.  The above article concludes that "deprivation" is strongly correlated with higher suicide rates.

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