Suicide among older people is a significant problem, but one that has tended to be neglected. In an age where populations and cultures are becoming increasingly mixed due to migration and globalization, it is vital that lessons concerning suicide and euthanasia be learned from different countries. This volume brings together a range of perspectives on ageing, suicide and euthanasia from different cultures and countries around the world. In addition to analytical overviews of the relationship between socioeconomic or psychological factors and suicidal behaviour, it discusses differences between younger and older suicides, family factors, and physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. There are contributions from ten different regions, each containing a description of suicide in old age, as well as discussions of views concerning the role of the elderly in that culture and the issue of euthanasia/assisted suicide, especially in the terminally ill.
Suicide and Euthanasia in Older Adults
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