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Suicide in the Elderly

1. The most overlooked assessment criteria for suicide in the elderly is:

A. Age

B. Depression

C. Alcoholism

D. Access to firearms


2. Self-reporting from an elderly client is often unreliable because:

A. They often do not acknowledge a need for help

B. They may not understand the significance of their behaviors/feelings

C. They tend to be more private about their problems

D. All of the above


3. Which of the following statements is true about "right to die" options?

A. Assisted suicide might be a viable option if a patient is severely depressed

B. In states where assisted suicide is legal, it is mandatory that the physician provide medications for the patient that will lead to death

C. A therapist can discuss right to die options with a client if the therapist doesn't try to influence the client

D. In most states, the only legal option a patient has is to refuse food and water


4. Which of the following statements is true about suicide in the elderly?

A. The older a person gets, the less likely they are to resort to suicide

B. Older women are more likely to commit suicide than older men

C. "Old-old" men, 85 and older, have the highest rate of suicide

D. Older adults attempt suicide more often than the general population but have a lower completion rate


5. Depression in an elderly client is often different than the general population in the following way:

A. The elderly patient is likely to seem sad and cry more in session than a younger person

B. Depression in the elderly is likely to be overlooked because of infrequent visits to their physician that could result in a psychiatric/psychotherapy referral

C. Lack of interest in usual activities and isolation are primary indicators of depression in the elderly

D. Elderly patients are more likely to exhibit dysphoria than younger patients


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