Year: 1977 Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v.25, no.6, (1977), p.245-248 SIEC No: 19840611

Although the rate for suicide in old age is high, the rate for attempted (unsuccessful) suicide is low. Among the elderly, suicide-attempt groups have more physical disorders, more psychoses, & more psychopathologic findings & are under-represented demographically. 50% of the elderly suicide attempters have organic brain syndrome (OBS) compared to only 5-10% of the “normal” population over 60. OBS apparently interferes with the success of suicide attempts by impairing co-ordination, etc.