Year: 1991 Source: Crisis, v.12, no.2, (September 1991). p.3-17 SIEC No: 19910786

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.