Health Affairs March 4, 2024
Chloe Zilkha, Vani Agarwal, Richard G. Frank

In November 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an increase in the age-adjusted suicide rate since 2021. The report details that in 2021 and 2022, people ages 75 and older had the highest suicide rate among all age groups, largely driven by males. This report is a salient indicator of the challenge of identifying and addressing suicide risk among older adults amidst the well-publicized mental health crisis in the United States. Underpinning this profound challenge are the direct connections among social isolation, neglect, and suicide.

The population in the United States is rapidly aging. In 2020, adults ages 65 and older comprised nearly 17 percent of the population, and this group is growing at nearly five...

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