Senior Citizen Safety : Prevent and treat home accidents

Published: April, 2005

BOSTON—Accidents at home rank among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. The chance of dying because of an accident at home begins rising at age 65 and then jumps significantly—people age 75 and older are almost four times as likely to die in a home accident as people 65–74.

Preventing Accidents in the Home

Fortunately, it's possible to prevent most home accidents. A new special health report from Harvard Medical School explains the leading causes of home accidents and how to avoid them.

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