Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 381–383 | Cite as

An uncommon case of failed suicide in a 94-year-old woman: “masked” depression or rational decision?

  • Emine Meral Inelmen
  • Giuseppe Sergi
  • Giulia Pintore
  • Giuliano Enzi
Case Report


Aim: We report an unusual case of “failed suicide” in an oldest old woman who was apparently “aging successfully”. Method: This case was analysed in the light of a careful literature review. Results: This was an unusual case of failed suicide, attempted by a 94-year-old woman who had planned the suicide several days earlier. Conclusions: The unusual features of this case relate to: 1) the person’s female gender and very advanced age; 2) her apparently “successful aging” condition; 3) the violent method and unusual means she used; 4) the suicide note written several days beforehand.

Key words

Elderly suicide violent method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emine Meral Inelmen
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Sergi
    • 1
  • Giulia Pintore
    • 1
  • Giuliano Enzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Geriatrics SectionUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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