Suicidal Elderly...

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Sick old people with nothing more to live for are more likely to kill themselves.

Researchers have found that old people who live in nursing homes are more likely to kill themselves.

Widowing, divorce, substance abuse, loss and family discord are among the reasons why the elderly in these homes tend to off themselves... not to mention the health and/or mental issues which forced them into the homes in the first pace.

"These adjustments, coupled with an array of risk factors commonly found among seniors -- such as depression, hopelessness, and functional impairment -- can result in suicidal behaviors," Carol Podgorski of the University of Rochester in New York and colleagues wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine.

The study found that white men over the age of 85 were the most likely to end it all.  Women, they found, were more likely to use asphyxiation (say suffocation or carbon monoxide \) or overdose/poison while men are more likely to use a firearm.  The study also found that 75% of the elderly who took the big plunge had not previously exhibited suicidal behavior, and that the efficiency of the methods chosen as their "exit strategy" meant most succeeded on their first attempt.

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