Suicide risk higher for older adults diagnosed with dementia

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Adults over age 65 who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia are more than twice as likely to die from suicide compared to older adults who do not suffer from dementia, according to a new study led by a Yale Department of Psychiatry researcher.

The findings, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, reveal the risk of was particularly elevated among adults aged 65-74 years and in the first 90 days following a diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia were also found to be at higher risk of suicide death.

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