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Elderly and Suicide #288348

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 05, 1983
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(Studio) Increase in suicide rate among United States adolescents between 1960 and 1980 noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Miami, Florida) Issue of suicide among the elderly examined; broadcaster Bea Baxter's case cited as example [Noel UNOWSKY - considers mother's possible motive.] Baxter's suicide note to children quoted. [Dr. Robert BUTLER - notes annual percentage of reported suicides among elderly in comparison to group's size.] Factors possibly contributing to suicide decision considered. [BUTLER - notes economy factor.] Cecil Saunders and wife's suicide described. [Dr. Ron WRIGHT - considers common pattern in elderly suicide.] Joseph McCloskey's suicide examined. [Dr. Chuck WETLI - discusses McCloskey's situation.] Crisis Center program to contact elderly everyday described. [Center counselor Isabel DOMINGUEZ - notes importance of daily call to elderly.] Criticism of society's lack of alternatives for the elderly noted.
REPORTER: Steve Kroft

Kroft, Steve;
Rather, Dan

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