"Unlike younger adults who seem to use less healthcare as unemployment rates rise, seniors use more inpatient care…the rise in healthcare use may be tied to an increased willingness of healthcare providers to accept Medicare patients."Ok, that explains healthcare utilization, but not mortality, unless going to the doctor's office increases mortality risk.
And here is yet another trend: men got more vasectomies during this recession.
"In 2006, 3.9 percent of men said they had had a vasectomy; in 2010, 4.4 percent reported having the surgery. That means an additional 150,000 to 180,000 men per year had vasectomies in each year of the recession."I'd guess the financial hardship reminded a lot of men that having children is expensive.