Meaning-centered men’s groups: Initial findings of an intervention to enhance resiliency and reduce suicide risk in men facing retirement

Objectives: To assess the preliminary effectiveness of Meaning-Centered Men’s Groups (MCMG), a 12-session existentially-oriented, community-based, psychological group intervention designed to enhance psychological resiliency and prevent the onset or exacerbation of suicide ideation among men who are concerned about or struggling with the transition to retirement. Methods: We recruited 30 men (n= 10 per group), 55 […]

The Effect of Life Transitions on Suicide in the Elderly

This document is an extended abstract submitted for possible presentation at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. The authors studied the social determinants & life course transitions that may contribute to the tendency toward suicide among different age subgroups, & consequently, different cohorts of older adults.

Addressing Suicidal Ideations Through the Realization of Meaningful Personal Goals


Suicide in Older People Without Psychiatric Disorder


Study Finds Ex-cop Suicides Soar

This article reports on a 1981 study that found Detroit police retirees had a suicide rate that was 10 times higher than the national average for men in the same age group. The author discusses the contribution of severe job stress & emotional trauma sustained on the job to the unusually high suicide rate.

Suicide and Aging: International Perspectives

The authors explore the relationship between suicide & aging. They argue that major advances in the science of mental health seem unlikely to reduce the prevalence of suicide in older age groups as long as case recognition at the community level continues to be problematic. They emphasize the need for public policy promotion to reduce […]

Suicide Over the Life Span: the Elderly (IN: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, vol.2: L-Z, ed. by R Kastenbaum)

Differences in elderly suicide over the last thirty years & between several cultures are discussed. The general characteristics of suicide in the elderly are described, & high-risk factors for elderly suicide are identified. Prevention & intervention techniques are also explored. (35 refs)

“Ecstasy Years” – old age in Japan

This document describes the situation that existed in Japan in the 1970s that brought about new popular concern over aging. Issues stemming from elderly isolation & economic dependence are discussed. An emerging media fascination with suicide, euthanasia, & pokkuri shinko (prayers for a quick & painless death) is also explored in detail, as are issues […]

Suicide Mortality Among the Elderly Finnish Population 1960-1979

Suicide mortality trends among the Finnish elderly population in 1960-1979 were examined on the basis of official statistics. As a cause of death, suicide was more common in the elderly than in the population aged 15-64 years. Suicide mortality remained unchanged among the elderly population between 1960 and 1979. Peaks were not found to coincide […]

The Effect of Former Occupation on Suicide Ideation and Suicide Attitudes in Retirees

This presentation discussed research which examined the effect of former occupation on suicide ideation & suicide attitudes in retirees. It was hypothesized former white-collar workers would demonstrate higher suicide ideation levels & more positive suicide attitudes. Results did not support the hypothesis. Former occupation did not influence either ideation or attitudes. Blue- & white-collar workers […]

Insights Provided by Survivors of Elderly Suicides

The Mystery Within: Understanding Police Suicide

Although considerable obstacles hinder the study of police suicide, mounting evidence suggests that self-inflicted deaths in the law enforcement profession are increasing – a trend that began in the 1980s. This article reports on studies, notes research problems, & discusses identified factors. Suicides were found to be more common among older officers & related to […]

Life After Loss: a Personal Guide Dealing With Death, Divorce, Job Change and Relocation

This book is about the kinds of losses that people may experience: job change or relocation, divorce, & death. Information is provided on topics such as the difference between normal & distorted grief responses & how to care for your physical well-being when grieving. The book includes stories of bereaved people’s responses to loss. Exercises […]

Executive Summary: Attitude and Incidence of Suicide Among the Elderly

The Gallup Organization & Empire Blue Cross conducted a study of older Americans on the issues of suicide & conditions thought to be related to suicide. 802 individuals, aged 60+, completed a telephone survey. Almost one-third of respondents indicated that loneliness was a major reason the elderly would talk about or consider suicide. 6% of […]

Le suicide a l’age de la retraite

(FRENCH TEXT with an English summary) Statistics show an increase in the number of suicides by newly retired pensioners in Quebec. This article outlines the nurse’s role in prevention, especially during the first month of the pensioner’s retirement. Counselling suggestions for nurses include things such as the evaluation of immediate suicide risk, trying to help […]

Suicide Among the Elderly (IN: Suicide Across the Life Span – Premature Exits, ed. by J M Stillion, E E McDowell & J H May)

The suicide rate of people over 65 is the highest of any age group. Elderly white men are the main reason these rates are so high, as elderly women and minorities have very low rates. The motivations for suicide often include the loss of physical capabilities, illness, the loss of employment, financial security & prestige, […]

Suicide in the Elderly: General Characteristics

General characteristics of elderly suicide are discussed. They have the highest rate of any age group, are more determined to die, use “harder” methods, & seem less prone to communicate their suicidal intentions. Recent research indicates that attitudes toward suicide become more negative with increasing age: at age 55, men’s attitudes remain negative whereas women’s […]

Suicidal Behavior in Old Age (IN: Adult Development and Aging, ed. by K W Schaie and J Geiwitz)

This paper discusses the frequency of suicide among the elderly. The relationship between various factors & suicidal behaviors are reviewed including mental & physical illness, social isolation, & cultural influences. Some general aspects are discussed as well as treatment & prevention stategies.

Boys of Summer, Suicides of Winter

Suicide After Sixty

Two reasons are given for why little is done about the high elderly suicide rate: suicide is a complex behavior difficult to control and a low priority is placed on saving retired people’s lives. Many more older men than women kill themselves because men are more likely to kill themselves due to employment problems (which […]

Suicides on Increase Among Aged

This newspaper article presents an overview of suicide among the elderly. Rates can be attributed, in part, to depression following retirement. Provides some resources for seniors feeling severely depressed.

Anomic and Egoistic Theoretical Factors of Contemplated Suicide Among Voluntary and Involuntary Retired Aged Males


Suicide Mortality Among the Elderly Finnish Population l960-1979

In this paper, suicide trends among elderly Finnish population were examined for the years 1960-79. Suicide was found to be more common in the elderly than in the population aged 15-64 years. Between 1960-79 suicide rates among the elderly remained unchanged. Peaks were not found to coincide with economic recession. On the other hand, rates […]