Suicide in Later Life: Recognizing the Warning Signs

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Lexington Books, 1992 - Psychology - 168 pages
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For many, the "golden years" are so tarnished they long for an ending. All too often, those who are closest to the elderly miss the warning signs. Here Nancy Osgood describes the symptoms to watch for and addresses the question of how we as a nation can change our attitudes and behavior toward the elderly and take steps to help reduce their risk of suicide.
 

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Contents

The Tragedy of Suicide in Later Life
1
Suicide Happens in Institutions Too
4
Some Marriages Have Deadly Love Pacts
5
First Murder Then Suicide
6
A Life Sentence for Mercy Killing
8
The Problem of Suicide in Later Life
9
Changing Rates of Suicide
10
AtRisk Elders
16
Who Copes Best with Stress?
67
The Agony of Despair
69
Factors in LaterLife Depression
72
The Picture of LaterLife Depression
73
Depression or Dementia?
75
The AlcoholSuicide Connection
79
The Problem of LaterLife Alcoholism
81
Factors in LaterLife Alcoholism
86

The Future Outlook
20
Growing Old in the Society of the Young
23
The Roots of Ageism in America
25
Myths and Stereotypes about Aging and the Old
34
Sources of Ageism
38
The Effects of Ageism
46
The Season of Losses
51
Physical Loss
52
SensoryPerceptual Loss
53
Cognitive Loss
54
Social Loss
55
Financial Loss
58
Personal and Emotional Loss
59
LaterLife Stress
62
Recognizing LaterLife Stress
63
The Deadly Triangle
88
Signs and Symptoms of LaterLife Alcoholism
90
Clues to LaterLife Suicide
95
Common Characteristics of Suicides
98
Clues to Suicide
101
Keys to Suicide Prevention
109
Societal Measures in Suicide Prevention
129
The Right to Die Is It Right?
141
The Case against Eldercide
142
Later Life Is Worth Living
150
References
153
Acknowledgments
157
Index
159
About the Author
168
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NANCY J. OSGOOD, Professor of Gerontology and Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, has authored and coauthored books, book chapters, and numerous journal articles on the topics of substance abuse and aging, suicide in the elderly, and creative arts and aging.

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