Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Applied Gerontology, v.17, no.2, (June 1998), p.186-203 SIEC No: 19990300

This study assesses the views of the elderly on death and what is termed as “end of life” decisions(suicide, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide). Out of 447 people tested between the ages of 60 and 100, 52 percent said that they would strive to continue living in situations of low quality of life, while 47 percent would consider refusing treatment to hasten death. Out of this 47 percent, 12 percent stated that they would actively seek euthanasia to end chronic pain and suffering.