Year: 2005 Source: Medicine, Science and the Law, v.45, no.1, (January 2005), p.71-80 SIEC No: 20100364

This study examined coroner’s inquest records of 200 elderly people in Cheshire who died by suicide. Sociodemographic characteristics, clinical aspects of the suicidal process, & health care contact before death are reviewed. Findings are interpreted & compared to the currently available literature on elderly suicide. Later life suicide is characterised by less warning, higher lethality, & greater prevalence of depression & physical illness. However, suicide risk often remains undetected in this population. (29 refs.)