Year: 1993 Source: The Gerontologist, v.33, no.3, (June 1993), p.359-365 SIEC No: 19930950

Suicide is common in old age, but public opinion remains negative. Following a review of theories of suicide & a summary of arguments against suicide; this essay constructs an argument for why the elderly have a unique claim to an ethical, unobstructed suicide. That claim rests on their “developmental autonomy”, based on the experience & wisdom of the elderly. (44 refs.)