Smith: How Contemporary Society Promotes Elder Suicide


(NRO) – I have worried and written about the growing normalization of elder-suicide, brought on in part — obviously, that is not the whole problem — by assisted-suicide advocacy and frequent media applause of such deaths among the elderly.

That opinion receives a peer-reviewed boost in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The authors — two UCSF medical professors — warn about increasing “rational” elder suicides, by which they mean self-killing “in the absence of diagnosed psychiatric illness.”

Three forces are, in the authors’ view, contributing to this worsening phenomenon. First, “neo-liberalism. CONTINUE