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This chapter begins with an examination of the prevalence of late-life suicide in America & then makes international comparisons. Gender, ethnicity, & social risk factors are discussed. Historical & generational effects, methods, the role of physical illness, the excesses of modern medicine, & the attitudes of older adults towards suicide are all discussed. The chapter concludes with a review of the neurobiology of suicidality, mental disorders & suicide, personality & neuropsychology, & the clinical assessment & management of suicidal thoughts & behaviours. (77 refs.)