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Ill-being, depression, poor care: why the suicide rate among the elderly is so high

2021-10-23T04:24:16.240Z

DECRYPTION - The suicide rate of French seniors is one of the highest in Europe. This macabre count hides poor support for old age.



At around three in the morning, on the night of October 19 to 20 in Marseille, a 71-year-old man sneaks into the corridors of a hospital.

He walks, gun in hand, to the bedroom of his 69-year-old wife, who has Charcot's disease and is in palliative care.

The husband shoots her in the head, before turning the gun on him.

The police will find a letter explaining that an agreement was reached by the couple and regretting in advance the sadness that was going to cause his act.

Behind the news item reported by France Bleu Marseille hides a reality: the suicide rate of over 65s in France represents more than 30% of the whole.

In 2016, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) recorded 8,435 suicides, of which 2,698 were of people over 65, i.e. nearly 32%.

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The latter represent the segment of the population most at risk of death by suicide, in particular when they are depressed

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Source: lefigaro

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