Year: 1999 Source: San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999. p.443-462 SIEC No: 19990277

It is assumed in this chapter that most suicides in the elderly are preventable tragedies. After providing a historical context, the epidemiology of suicide in the elderly, its risk factors & consequences are reviewed. The clinical management of suicide in the elderly is then discussed, including assessment, prevention, crisis intervention, & working with family & loved ones when a suicide occurs. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the societal & ethical implications of elderly suicide.