Year: 2008 Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, v.15, no.1, (January 2008), p.64 SIEC No: 20080307

In this letter to the editor, the authors discuss the factors leading to suicide among the elderly in Mie Prefecture, Japan. There were 1,405 suicides among elderly people during the test period, 1990-2002. Physical illness was the most common risk factor for elderly suicide. It is concluded that improvements in the system of home nursing & health care are needed to help prevent suicide among the elderly. This population also needs physical & mental support.