The Elderly Suicide Trend
According to the data from the World Health Organization (WHO), in the past 4 decades suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide: nearly one million people die from suicide every year, or one death every 40 second. Among a great number of nations and countries, old people have been the leading age group on the topic of deliberate self-harm cases, attempted suicide and suicide cases.
The message is obvious: more and more old people would be rather ending their life while the state of the art technology and medicine could help them to be alive for sure. Let’s zoom in the Elderly suicide trend.
With the data(2011) from Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (HKU) led by Paul Yip, it shows that old people aged 65 and above are the greatest group in suicide rates, comparing to the age group of 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 during 1981 to 2010. For instance, In 2010, the suicide rates in the oldest group (65 and above) is the highest (nearly 30%) while the second high is only around 16% in the age group 55-64.
However, the elderly suicide rate in Hong Kong has been on a decreasing trend since 1997 and remains stable in 2000, according to the publication of HKJCC for Suicide Research and Prevention (HKU).
According to the data (2011) from the Tai Wan Authority, per 100,000 people, nearly 26% of the age group from 65 to 69; 30% of the age group from 70-74; 32% of the age group from 75 to 79; 40% of the age group from 80 to 84; 46% of the age group over 85, commits suicide, comparing to relatively low percentage in other age groups like only 20% in age group 40 to 45. We can see that people in Tai Wan are older, the more prone to commit suicide in Tai Wan.
According to the data(2006) from Singapore, the old age group is still the leading group in suicide rates: 28.9% in the age group over 75 per 100,000 people.
According to the data(2011) from Japan, in...