How do we explain these trends? Have advancements in medical care improved the quality of life for the elderly? Are people in their 40s and 50s increasingly feeling like failures at work? More relationship, marriage and family disintegration?
Saturday, May 05, 2012
More suicide among people in 40s and 50s
The graph below shows 1999-2009 suicide rates by age group (CDC data):
Rates (not shown) are stable for children, adolescents, and younger adults, but suicides have been increasing for middle-aged people. By contrast, they have been dropping among those 75 and over.