The authors conducted a cross-sectional population-based data from community-dwelling people aged 45 years and over living in Canada to examine the impact of functional disability and social participation of physical and mental chronic conditions individually and in combination. 9 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.
This American resource guide is comprised of four parts; recognizing and responding to older adult behavioural health issues, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, navigating medicaid behavioural health and self-care for staff. 16 pages. Last Reviewed July 2018.
This article describes a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) intervention for suicide prevention in older adults. The following aspects of the treatment are described: assessing suicide risk, conceptualizing the problem through a cognitive behavioural framework, developing a safety plan, increasing hope and reasons for living, improving social resources, improving problem-solving skills and efficacy, improving adherence to medical regimen, and relapse prevention. They also review other behavioural and cognitive strategies such as activity scheduling and cognitive restructuring that are commonly associated with CBT interventions for depression. They illustrate the application of these strategies by using case studies. 10 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.
The objective of this study was to assess whether brief screens for depression (GDS and GDS-SI) have acceptable operating characteristics in identifying suicide ideation among older primary care patients and to examine potential sex differences in the screens accuracy. 13 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.
This paper reviews the evidence about the risk factors associated with suicidality among the elderly, mainly factors related with mental health illness and mainly depression, somatic illnesses, chronic pain and psychosocial factors, like social isolation, bereavement and financial problems. Interventions aiming to reduce suicide rates from a social policy and prevention perspective are included. 6 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.