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The CDC reported in 2014 the suicide rate for men and women over the age of 75 was 16.3 per 100,000. Barriers to decreasing suicide include insecurity in admitting to a problem and the accessibility of mental health care. This article identifies risk factors and preventative measures in reducing suicide in the older adult population.

Outline: Introduction; Known Risk Factors; Losses; Physical Ailments; Suicidal Ideation; Dementia, Cognitive Impairments, and Suicide; Religious, Cultural, and Social Aspects; Gender; Screening; Focused Screening, Reduced Risk; Prevention; Implications for Practice

Education Level: Intermediate

Content Focus: OT Service Delivery Criteria for Obtaining Continuing Education Credits: A score of 70% or greater on the posttest

Purpose of Activity

To provide information on identifying risk factors and preventing suicide in older adults.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Identify risk factors for suicide and their implications specific to this population.
  2. Evaluate the role of the healthcare professional in screening and treating older adults at risk for suicide.
Price: $6.95


  • AOTA 0.05 CEUs/1/2 Contact Hour

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer Health is an AOTA Approved provider of continuing education.

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Professions: Occupational Therapist
Test Code: NP1016BOT
Published: Oct 2016
Expires: 7/1/2025
Required Passing Score: 13/18 (72%)
Authors: Barbara Suzy Diggle-Fox, PhD, GNP, ANP-BC
Specialties: Gerontology