Year: 2018 Source: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. (2018). 206(3): 211-216. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000794. SIEC No: 20180258

To date, few studies have examined the association between difficulties in activities of daily living (ADL) and suicidal ideation (SI) among the seniors in China. This study aims to explore this association among older adults in China. A total of 3313 older people (60+) were included in this study, and questionnaires were administered by face-to-face interview. In total, 4.2% of the participants reported SI. The mean score of ADL among older adults with SI (21.06 ± 10.92) was much higher than that in those without SI (16.13 ± 5.60). Multivariate analyses showed that some specific domains of ADL including using transport, medical care, and household activities were associated with SI even after we controlled the psychological conditions. An association was observed between difficulties in daily living and SI among older adults in China. Psychological interventions should be taken to prevent potential risk of suicide targeting the seniors with certain disabilities.