Year: 2002 Source: Yonago Acta Medica, v.45, (2002), p.69-73 SIEC No: 20050870

The purpose of this report was to review the literature relative to rates of depression & suicide among the elderly in the United States & Japan. Several important factors related to elderly suicide were different between the 2 countries. While Americans were found to suffer from psychological problems, Japanese were more likely to suffer from physiological problems. Based on the findings, the author concludes that cultural & religious backgrounds play an important role in the decision to commit suicide. (41 refs)