Family support for older persons in Thailand: challenges and opportunities

by John Knodel and Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan
Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, March 2017

27 pp. 1.3 MB

Population ageing and the wellbeing of older persons are major emerging challenges for families, communities, and government in Thailand as in much of Asia. Traditionally, support and care for the elderly are met within the family. Adult children are important providers of material support as well as other forms of assistance to their older-age parents. The state and communities typically provide limited care services for the older population. Currently, Thailand is facing demographic and socioeconomic changes that pose significant challenges for the roles that family members, especially adult children, play in providing support for the elderly.

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