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The Changing Well-being of Thai Elderly: An Update from the 2011 Survey of Older Persons in Thailand

Publication Abstract

Knodel, John E., Vipan Prachuabmoh, and Napaporn Chayovan. 2013. The Changing Well-being of Thai Elderly: An Update from the 2011 Survey of Older Persons in Thailand. HelpAge International.

Population aging and the well-being of older persons are major emerging challenges for families, communities and government in Thailand as in much of Asia. The Thai government has been giving increasing attention to aging issues as indicated by the adoption of the Second National Plan for Older Persons covering 2002-2021 and its prominence in the latest five-year National Economic and Social Development Plan. In addition, in 2009, the Old Age Allowance program was expanded into a universal social pension for persons 60 and older who lacked other pension coverage. Thailand is fortunate in having a series of national surveys of the older population that detail their situation and provide comprehensive information for evidence-based policies and programs to address these challenges. The present report draws heavily on the most recent national survey conducted by the National Statistical Office in 2011 but also incorporates results from earlier surveys to document trends. Although the 2011 survey covered persons 50 and older, this report focuses on those 60 and older, as this is the age range most commonly used when referring to older persons in Thailand.

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Country of focus: Thailand.

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