Interim Staff

After almost 40 years of decline, the suicide rate for elderly Americans rose by 9% between l980 and l992, reports the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

Americans 65 and over make up only l3% of the population but account for 20% of all suicides, the highest rate of any age group.

The CDC listed as possible reasons that people are living longer with chronic illnesses; that they are living solitary lives, without much human contact and the availability of “how to” assisted suicide manuals available.