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Sensory loss and suicide ideation in older adults: findings from the Three-City cohort study

  • S. Cosh (a1) (a2), I. Carrière (a3) (a4), V. Daien (a3) (a4) (a5), C. Tzourio (a5) (a6), C. Delcourt (a1) and C. Helmer (a1)...



To examine the longitudinal risk of vision loss (VL) or hearing loss (HL) for experiencing suicidal ideation in older adults.


The Three-City study, examining data from three waves of follow-up (2006–2008, 2008–2010, and 2010–2012).


Community-dwelling older French adults.


N = 5,438 adults aged 73 years and over.


Suicidality was assessed by the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview, Major Depressive Disorder module. Mild VL was defined as Parinaud of 3 or 4 and severe VL as Parinaud >4. Mild HL was self-reported as difficulty understanding a conversation and severe HL as inability to understand a conversation.


Severe VL was associated with an increased risk of suicidal ideation at baseline (OR = 1.59, 95% CIs = 1.06–2.38) and over five years (OR = 1.65, 95% CIs = 1.05–2.59). Mild and severe HL were associated with an increased risk of suicidal ideation, both at baseline (OR = 1.29, 95% CIs = 1.03–1.63; OR = 1.78, 95% CIs = 1.32–2.40) and over five years (OR = 1.47, 95% CIs = 1.17–1.85; OR = 1.97, 95% CIs = 1.44–2.70).


Sensory losses in late life pose a risk for suicidal ideation. Suicidality requires better assessment and intervention in this population.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Dr. S. Cosh, Université Bordeaux, Case 11, 146 rue Léo Saignat, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France. Phone: +33-5-57-57-13-93. Email:


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Sensory loss and suicide ideation in older adults: findings from the Three-City cohort study

  • S. Cosh (a1) (a2), I. Carrière (a3) (a4), V. Daien (a3) (a4) (a5), C. Tzourio (a5) (a6), C. Delcourt (a1) and C. Helmer (a1)...


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