Türk Uygulamalı Sosyal Hizmet Dergisi, cilt.3, sa.2, ss.125-137, 2020 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)
The process of ageing is a process in which individuals lack of physical abilities and
experience the losses of role and status. The process brings some problems in terms of
biological, physical, economic, psycho-social and social aspects. In the context of psychosocial problems, some problems such as depression, anxiety, loneliness and suicide occur
in individuals. Being one of these problems, suicide can be defined as the attempt of putting
an end to the life due to biological, psychological or social reasons. The purpose of this
review is to offer solution alternatives from the perspective of social work by identifying the
reasons of suicide risks in the period of ageing. Another purpose of the study is to make
contribution to the professional literature related to the suicide in old age and evaluate
the suicide in old age and lay out the insights about the topic from the angle of social
work. In this regard, first of all, the concepts of elderliness, ageing and suicide are defined.
Then the risk factors of suicide in old age period are discussed and social work practices
towards the elderly are introduced. Last of all, in the results and recommendations section,
solution alternatives towards elderly suicides are provided within the scope of social work.
Keywords: Suicide, The Attempt of Suicide, The Elderly, Social Work with The Elderly.