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Suicides on the rise for aging boomers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a sad and troubling report today.

Suicide deaths rose fairly dramatically, across the entire country, for all age groups, but especially for aging boomers.

The report does not analayze why. But now that this sobering report is out, I expect the theories will begin.

Some of the findings:

  • From 1999 to 2010, the age-adjusted suicide rate for adults aged 35–64 years in the United States increased significantly by 28.4 percent -- from 13.7 per 100,000 population to 17.6.
  • The suicide rate for men aged 35–64 years increased 27.3 percent -- from 21.5 to 27.3, and the rate for women increased 31.5 percent from 6.2 to 8.1
  •  Among men, the greatest increases were among those aged 50–54 years and 55–59 years, (49.4 percent -- from 20.6 to 30.7, and 47.8 percent -- from 20.3 to 30.0, respectively).
  • Among women, suicide rates increased with age, and the largest percentage increase in suicide rate was observed among women aged 60–64 years (59.7 percent from 4.4 to 7.0).
  • Firearms and suffocation were the most common mechanisms for men; poisoning and firearms were the most common mechanisms for women
  • From 1999 to 2010, suicides by suffocation increased from 18 percent to 24 percent of all suicides for men and from 12 percent to 18 percent of all suicides for women.

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