Preventing Deaths by Suicide of Older Adults in Minnesota
By: Amy Lopez, MSW, BA and Melissa Heinen, MPH, BSN
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Related Research Article: Suicide Later in Life by Yates Conwell, MD
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America, yet it is preventable. Older adults (65 years and older) make up 12% of the US population and account for 18% of all suicide deaths. Men ages 85 and older have the highest rate (over four times higher) of any group in the country. Minnesota has experienced the highest number of deaths by suicide in 2015; though remained stable among males 65 years and older). Learn how we can prevent suicide among older adults.
Safety vs. Self Determination: Decisions While Leaving the Hospital
By: Charissa Eaton, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor
Social Work Department, Winona State University
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The largest segment of the population in the United States discharged from acute care hospitals are people 65 and older. Many of these older adults leave hospitals with on-going care needs whether they return home with services or temporarily or permanently relocate for post-acute care. In Minnesota, social workers and nurses employed by hospitals assist older adults and their families make decisions about their needs upon discharge. These decisions are influenced by the wishes of the older adult and their families, the safety of the plan, and the context of the Western medicine.