Year: 1993 Source: Omega, v.28, no.4, (1993-94), p.317-331 SIEC No: 19940132

Despite improvements in the health of Americans over the last 30 years, people over age 60 have the highest suicide rates & comprise one-fourth of all suicides. A case study illustrating risk assessment & intervention is discussed. Clinical issues related to recognition of suicidal elderly patients are examined & a practical approach to early detection, evaluation & management is presented. Criteria for evaluating rational suicide are outlined. (35 refs.)