Suicide Among the Elderly
Pp. 267-278 (12)
Mario Amore, Stefano Baratta, Cristina Di Vittorio, Marco Innamorati and David Lester
Suicide among older adults is a critical public health problem. International statistics indicate
an average of one suicide in the world every 90 minutes among those 65 years of age and older. The
assessment of suicide risk in older people should include the assessment of risk factors such as the
presence of physical illness, functional limitations, the severity of depression and hopelessness, a lack
of reasons for living, social isolation and the occurrence of stressful life events. In addition, greater
emphasis should be placed in medical education on the recognition and effective treatment of
depressive disorders and suicidal states in older people.
Suicide, elderly, risk factors, prevention.
Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Neurosciences, University of Parma, Piazza Matteotti 9, 43100 Parma, Italy