The book travels mainly through countries in Europe and Asia, with stops also in Turkey, Australia, and Canada. It gives the reader cultural windows through which to view different attitudes toward and circumstances of elderly persons throughout the world and discusses the impact of those circumstances and attitudes toward suicide. Although certain variations emerge across chapters as being culturally unique, the similarities are striking: The elderly are often a growing proportion of the population, demanding progressively greater access to available societal resources while being less able to contribute to resource development than their younger counterparts. They face losses along dimensions from health to economic to interpersonal, and many have accompanying depression. Yet many countries' suicide prevention efforts target youths to the exclusion of older citizens. There is a need to specifically tailor suicide reduction efforts for the elderly, as in Slovenia, where part-time psychiatrists are available in all nursing homes. Societal efforts to improve the status, empowerment, opportunities for productivity, and quality of social contacts for the elderly might also reduce suicide in a more indirect fashion.