Suicide among elderly americans: a socio-cultural perspective

  • R. Kastenbaum
Conference paper
Part of the Internationale Kasseler Gerontologische Gespräche book series (GERONT.GESPR., volume 2)


Today about 6000 Americans will die. The death certificates will reveal that more than 2000 succumbed to heart disease. When victims of cancer and stroke are added to this total, we will have accounted for about two-thirds of the deceased. These three conditions (heart disease, cancer, stroke) are not only leading causes of death in the general population, but are even more dominant among elderly adults. For example, the mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease is 11.4 among yong white males (ages 25 – 34), but rises to 5,407 for those at age 75 and beyond (Gee, 1989).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Kastenbaum
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  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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