Suicide in the Elderly: General Characteristics
De Leo D~~Ormskerk S C R
General characteristics of elderly suicide are discussed. They have the highest rate of any age group, are more determined to die, use “harder” methods, & seem less prone to communicate their suicidal intentions. Recent research indicates that attitudes toward suicide become more negative with increasing age: at age 55, men’s attitudes remain negative whereas women’s become positive. Around the age of 65 the reverse can be seen. Particular factors related to elderly suicide are described.