Elderly suicides in Denizli, Turkey: a retrospective study from 2011 to 2020

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Background: Although suicide rates and methods used may vary according to society, gender, and age there are epidemiological studies reporting that suicide rates increase with advanced age in all societies, particularly accelerating after the age of 65 years. This study aimed to investigate the demographic data and suicide characteristics—such as the location and method, among others—of the elderly suicide deaths among forensic deaths between 2011 and 2020 in Denizli, Turkey. Results: It was determined that elderly suicides constituted 13.8% of all suicides and increased gradually over the years during the 10-year period. The vast majority of cases were male (82%). It has been observed that hanging is the most frequently used method. It is also noteworthy that although firearm suicide among men was the second most common method, women do not choose this method at all. The majority of elderly suicides (88.5%) in Denizli occurred in the home and its annexes. Conclusions: Suicide prevention programmes should promote the elderly to benefit widely from social and health services. Therefore, there is a need to include widespread home care services and firearms regulations in prevention programmes.

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Zeybek, V., Yetiş, H., İzci, A., & Acar, K. (2022). Elderly suicides in Denizli, Turkey: a retrospective study from 2011 to 2020. Egyptian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41935-022-00263-9

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