Nicole Torrence, PhD, MPH; Clinical Geriatric Psychologist

VA Puget Sound Health Care

David Gruenewald, MD; Associate Professor

Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPH; Associate Professor

Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

School of Medicine
University of Washington

 Learning Objectives


By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Describe demographics of suicide in older adults, including risk factors for suicide
  • Describe an approach to discern the reasons for an older patient’s desire to die
  • Define the distinction between a “rational” desire to die and suicidality

[From the Spring 2019 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series, NW Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center]