Year: 1989 Source: International Congress of Gerontology, (14th: 1989: Acapulco, Mexico). 12p. SIEC No: 19890868

This article details 3 case studies of elderly, long-term care nursing home residents & examines the psychosocial elements of aging that contribute to self-destructive behaviors. In all 3 cases, loss, lonliness, & depression were factors which influenced the decision to stop living. Clinical implications for nursing of the elderly is discussed. (CM)