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The Challenge of Suicide Prevention in Later Life 

The Challenge of Suicide Prevention in Later Life
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The Challenge of Suicide Prevention in Later Life
Author(s):

Yeates Conwell

and Alisa O’Riley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199796816.003.0012
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date: 20 January 2020

As the world’s population of older adults increases, deaths by suicide in late life will become an increasing public health problem. In this chapter, our objectives are three-fold. First, we review the epidemiology of suicide in late life. Next, we discuss risk and protective factors for suicidal behavior in older adults. Third, we review promising approaches to late life suicide prevention that represent both high risk and population-oriented approaches. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of future directions for how we might work toward addressing the problem of late life suicide via additional research, the implementation of public health interventions, and changes to public policy.

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