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What is Old Age

Handbook of Research on Geriatric Health, Treatment, and Care
Old age is the quality or state of being old and near the end of one's life.
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Aging and Suicide
Hitesh Khurana (Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, India) and Aishwarya Raj (GNCT of Delhi, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3480-8.ch023
Suicide is a global phenomenon and a potential cause of preventable death. After the young (below the age of 40 years), the elderly compose the second most prominent peak in the graph of suicide attempts and suicide victims. The cause and dynamics of suicidal behavior among elderly are quite different from the younger suicides. There have been different multidisciplinary theories proposed for it. Among all mental disorders, depressive disorders are particularly associated with suicidal behavior. Alcohol use, social isolation, financial difficulties are few unique factors that identify a suicidal elder. Physical illnesses, particularly those marked with pain, increase the chances of suicide. Prevention requires a multidisciplinary approach involving community, adequate and appropriate health services near to the place of victim, legal restrictions on the methods used for suicide such as availability of firearm and insecticides, public policies to take care of the elderly are recommended.
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