Event Title

Awareness of Suicide among the Older Adult Population

Location

Bowling Green State University

Start Date

24-4-2015 10:30 AM

End Date

24-4-2015 3:00 AM

Description

Abstract

Suicide is such a big problem in the older adult population. Many of older adults deal with isolation, depression, and financial instability. When a person has all of these factors playing against them it is more likely they commit suicide. The purpose of this study was to bring awareness to the older population on how serious suicide really is. Thirty older adults participated in this study, the age range for these older adults were sixty-five to seventy-four, seventy-five to eighty four, and eighty-five and up. Fifteen adults were located in Cincinnati, Ohio and the other fifteen were located in Cleveland, Ohio. The collection of the data was done by random participants and snowball effect for the Cleveland participants. All of the participants from Cincinnati were located at support group for individuals who had lost someone from suicide. The findings from the study showed that many older adults are not aware that suicide is high in the elderly population, they also are not aware that men are more likely than their female counterparts to commit suicide. The limitations of this study were that it was only conducted in the northern and southern part of Ohio.

Keywords: suicide, older adults, social isolation, depression, financial instability

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Apr 24th, 10:30 AM Apr 24th, 3:00 AM

Awareness of Suicide among the Older Adult Population

Bowling Green State University

Abstract

Suicide is such a big problem in the older adult population. Many of older adults deal with isolation, depression, and financial instability. When a person has all of these factors playing against them it is more likely they commit suicide. The purpose of this study was to bring awareness to the older population on how serious suicide really is. Thirty older adults participated in this study, the age range for these older adults were sixty-five to seventy-four, seventy-five to eighty four, and eighty-five and up. Fifteen adults were located in Cincinnati, Ohio and the other fifteen were located in Cleveland, Ohio. The collection of the data was done by random participants and snowball effect for the Cleveland participants. All of the participants from Cincinnati were located at support group for individuals who had lost someone from suicide. The findings from the study showed that many older adults are not aware that suicide is high in the elderly population, they also are not aware that men are more likely than their female counterparts to commit suicide. The limitations of this study were that it was only conducted in the northern and southern part of Ohio.

Keywords: suicide, older adults, social isolation, depression, financial instability