Several predictors of suicidal ideation found in older adults and adults with HIV are the same; synergistically, those aging with HIV may be at risk for suicidal ideation. Focusing on the concept of hardiness provides insight into mitigating suicidal ideation and accentuating successful aging with HIV. Some individuals may have hardy characteristics that counteract the detrimental effects of aging with HIV; others may require greater guidance to cope with the effects that lead to suicidal ideation. As these connections are examined, the concept of hardiness is examined in relation to aging with HIV. Implications for nursing are posited.