Living Arrangements of the Thai Older Persons in Urban Area to Support Adequate Dwelling and Care (67549)

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Friday, 31 March 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type:Poster Presentation

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This research had the objective to study the demographic, health, housing, and socio-economic factors which facilitate care for older Thais in urban areas. This research also studied attitudes toward older persons in urban areas.
This research used quantitative data, the researcher conducted in-depth interviews with a sample of older persons living in urban areas of Chiang Mai Province. In addition, telephone interviews were conducted with older persons living in Bangkok.
This study found that for those older persons who live in urban areas, there are two housing options: living in the original household and living in a new household. The key factor in the choice of lodging for an older person is the presence or accessibility to a care provider.
Based on the findings from this study, the author offers the following recommendations for the related agencies
In order to improve the housing and care for older persons in urban areas, there should be an appropriate care system for the elderly under juristic-person supervision (i.e., an advocate) to eliminate obstacles to receiving care and services from government agencies. There should be more construction of new residences for the elderly operated by government agencies, foundations, charitable organizations, and/or private sector agencies for persons from a range of incomes. There should be special psychological care programs for the elderly who live alone so that they can live independently and be as self-reliant as possible and for as long as possible.

Pannawat Thuenklin, Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand
Sutthida Chuanwan, Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand
Kanchana Thianlai, Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), Mahidol University, Thailand

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00