It must be hard for older people to watch the country they once loved deteriorating economically and socially. Political polarization contributes to feeling of despair and turns people away from each other rather than towards. The pandemic also really isolated people and increased depression in people.
Rising rates of suicide among older adults drove the number of such deaths to a historic high in the United States last year, even as suicide declined among youth, according to a report released Wednesday by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 49,000 people died by suicide in 2022 across the country, the highest tally recorded for the nation, according to federal figures. It’s the latest evidence of a troubling trend in the U.S., where suicide has been on the rise for much of the 21st century.