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Vulnerability of elderly to suicide

Seniors are the second age group most likely to commit suicide in the United States, with senior white men topping the demographic list. Generally, a suicidal crisis involves three characteristics: People believe that the emotional or physical pain they are experiencing is intolerable, inescapable and interminable. Therefore, people with a wish to commit suicide, need to be counseled in feeling more in control, able to change their circumstances and able to understand that the situation will not last forever. Socially isolated individuals are considerably more vulnerable than integrated or people with partners. Consequently, family and friends should observe for signs…

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