Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2007 , Vol 10, Issue 2
1Manisa Moris Şinasi Çocuk Hastanesi, MANİSA
2Celal Bayar Ünversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, MANİSA
Introduction: Accidents of old age is an important health problem for the cases of morbidity and mortality. This study is planned to determine the frequency of accidents and related risk factors of people at the age of 65 or over in Manisa Muradiye Village Clinic.

Materials and Method: The study is a cross sectional type of research. By the sistematic random sampling method, it is aimed to attain 327 people that are chosen among 652 people over 65, living in the region. 323 (98.7% ) of these people are reached to gather data with the heip of a questionnaire that is done by face-to-face interviews. Data are evaluated in SPSS for Windows 10.0 package programme, Odds Ratio and 95 % confidence interval were used in statistical analysises.

Results: 31.6 % of the people in the research have had an accident during the last one year. According to the type of the accidents, most frequent type of accident is falling with 49.2 %, second is injuries with 22.2 %, and third is clashing with 17.5 %. Accidents mostly happen at home in winter. Being a woman, living alone, not having any disability, forgetfulness are the factors related to accidents. İt is seen that there aren't any interventions for half of the accidents, for 23% of the accidents a health institution is referred or a health personnel is asked for help, for the rest of the accidents there are inproper interventions.

Conclusion: It is concluded that; accidents happen frequently at old ages; because of the reason that most of the accidents are happening at home, the house conditions must be arranged to prevent accidents; especialiy women and people living alone must be followed and educated about accidents. Keywords : Old age, Accident, Risk