Who are senior citizens? 60-105 years of age 40 year age cohort Still-working / retired Active / frail – at risk Caregiving for grandchildren/great grandchildren Caregiving for spouse/parent/ friend/other family A very varied population. Demographic imperative in USA
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Who are senior citizens?
Demographic imperative in USA
Impacts on ALL aspects of community life
Highest suicide rate among older Americans
A final fact
Factors Affecting Elder Suicide
Who are Caregivers?
What is Caregiver Stress?
Caregiving can be rewarding
Caregiving can affect a person’s health
Health effects of caregiving
Women caregivers, compared with women who are not caregivers, are less likely to:
Caregivers report that, compared with the time before they became caregivers, that they are less likely to:
Warning Signs of too much stress
How to relieve or prevent caregiver stress
Emerging trend among the old-old
Homicide/Suicide – what to look for:
If you suspect or are concerned:
In all situations with elderly,
For senior service and program information: