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Older adults often face a series of challenges all at once: financial struggles, loss of independence and self-sufficiency, grief and loss, chronic illness or pain. This may explain why the rate of deaths by suicide is especially high among older people. When it comes to despair in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, there is a way out. It starts with spotting the risk factors or warning signs. There are communication strategies to help someone find connection and purpose. In this episode, Lauren Marshall, a volunteer advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, shares insights to better equip family members and friends to be a lifeline for a struggling loved one.

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