Why are White Middle-Aged Men Dying More?

A shocking new study reveals why there’s an increase in mortality rates for the first time in 100 years.

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(10) Sidney, December 29, 2015 10:26 PM

Well SAID!

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(9) Frank Adam, December 25, 2015 12:57 PM

Rabbi Salomon is right about people giving up for lack of meaning/hoper/morale. He has missed out on the practical linkage between a doctrine of faith and making it work for real individuals. If a society makes a frequent habit of sacking men in the name of "economic efficiency" then it will depress them unless there are alternative jobs to go to. We are talking men as there is also the old saw that, "A man is what he does and a woman is what she is." That might not be a fashionable attitude but women always have an undeniable interest and future reward in their (grand)children regardless of their careers. Men being the half of society "on call" have only their careers as Earthly justification. War tests to destruction and for an example: in 1940 the British built up a massive Anti-Aircraft defence, but almost immediately began to run it down posting units to foreign theatres from 1941 onwards and then as a pool from which to draw infantry replacements - after a six week refresher course - from 1943. Given that people are the prime social resource of any society so public health is a government responsibility as a nation can not afford to let go of middle-aged so trained and experienced men worth half a million each to an economy. It would be valid for the USA to borrow a Scandinavian page and be more active in retraining and re-posting those made unemployed.

(8) Lisa, December 25, 2015 12:24 PM

Loneliness is a huge issue!!

Loneliness is so cruel....but if you live in that world, you do feel useless !!!

A lot of kids have moved to Israel & left their elderly parents here only to see them once or twice a year. Very sad & lonely!

Mike, January 18, 2016 9:11 PM

friends are important

I think it is good if they connect with other parents in the same situation. Maybe they can even 'network' to help both their families in Israel. The key is probably to assume the role of the one having the initative, not to wait for other people, but to be the one who does things and to do good things for everyone, including ones family and klal Israel.
All the Best!!!

(7) Lisa, December 25, 2015 11:02 AM

A topic that most don't speak about

So true!!

Find meaning.....not easy.....any suggestions?

Soon I'll be in an empty nest situation....very scary!

(6) Russell Donnelly, December 25, 2015 3:04 AM


Why no questions as to if the economy is bad,why is this not affecting black,middle aged males?Or women,or Hispanics?I think the study did address this.I think that white,middle aged males (and this may be true for younger males as well)may perceive,particularly those without higher education,that they are less advantaged than they once were vis-a-vis minorities and women.And women may need them less.thus they are more depressed.

(5) Anonymous, December 25, 2015 2:36 AM

Hope to Hashem, G-d, is the meaning in life

Hope to Hashem, G-d, is the meaning in life

(4) James, December 25, 2015 1:39 AM

No understanding of dignity

I think it must be related to the economy in one particular sense: If people's careers crash through no fault of their own, and they suffer the resultant domino effect of other setbacks and humiliations, they may think that their human dignity is being lost along with everything else. Religious people know that money, status and human dignity and worth are separate things, but if you weren't raised with that philosophy, or have not had parents or friends who lived it, it may never dawn on you.

I had one of my great revelations in my 20s. I had a humiliating job with a nonprofit run by a very corrupt director. When it became intolerable, I hesitated to quit, because I might be taking "a step down". Suddenly I realized there's no ladder of success. We're all on a flat plane. If you're standing in one place you get one salary and have one set of responsibilities, and if you're standing at another place on the plane, you're making a different salary, and importance and respectability are not related to the money or position. It's not an up-and-down thing. That realization gave me the courage to leave that corrupt organization and later on take other important risks in my life.

(3) Anonymous, December 24, 2015 9:03 PM

Excellent and invaluable for generations to come thank you!!

(2) Joe B, December 24, 2015 4:49 PM

the economy is a factor

I don't agree that the economy has nothing at all to do with this. We are seeing some of the most prolonged unemployment and underemployment in memory, and it is heavily affecting white middle aged people. Without the income from a job, or the job that you are used to having, life gets more difficult.

Anonymous, December 26, 2015 9:34 AM

Two things stand out.
One progress has made millions redundant and their expectations of a pleasant old age have been shattered.
The second is that secularism has had an adverse effect on the individual, who now believes that government should provide and he/she is reliant on the state

(1) SusanE, December 23, 2015 8:04 PM

Don't kill the Messenger, Blame the prescribing Physician

Drug related deaths are suicide. Especially opioid drugs. The process towards death is simply more pleasant and slower and not so messy. Examples of opioids are: painkillers such as morphine, methadone, Buprenorphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, and heroin. So you wouldn't take heroin even if it was legal. Would you? Then why take the other forms of heroin listed above? If people would quit saying they need these drugs for pain relief and simply admit they are addicted. Maybe so many wouldn't overdose.

Anonymous, December 25, 2015 2:40 AM

Death is not "more pleasant" one way-it does not matter which way, dont't do it!

Death is not "more pleasant" one way-it does not matter which way, dont't do it!


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