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Accidental and violent injuries: Less frequent among the older population, but more serious


  • Xavier Thierry


Each year, around 6% of persons aged 65 and over are injured in a home or leisure accident, compared with 15% of children. For the over-65s, three-quarters of all home and leisure accidents are falls in or near the home and, in 15% of cases, in the street. By comparison, accidents among young people occur more frequently when practising a sport or when travelling for work-related reasons. Although such accidental injuries are less frequent among older people, they are more serious. For older adults, the risks of assault or attempted suicide are much smaller than the risk of a home or leisure accident: only 1% of persons in this age group report having been assaulted in the last two years, and fewer than one in a thousand are hospitalized each year for attempted suicide.

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  • Xavier Thierry, 2010. "Accidental and violent injuries: Less frequent among the older population, but more serious," Population and Societies 468, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:468

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    1. Joëlle Gaymu & équipe FELICIE, 2008. "What family support will dependent elders have in 2030? European projections," Population and Societies 444, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
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