2018: Promotion of Thai “value and dignity” of the elderly in the urban society

The objectives of this research were to: 1) survey the value and dignity of the elderly in the highly dynamic urban society; 2) survey the situation of families in the  urban  society  that  affect  the  value  and  dignity  of  the  elderly;  and  3) analyze guidelines for promoting the value and dignity of the elderly in the urban society to strengthen  care  for  the  elderly  by  family  members.  The  study  comprised  366 elderly people and 335 adult children/grandchildren in Nakhon Pathom Municipality. A mixed methods approach integrating quantitative and qualitative data  was  taken with analysis consisting content analysis, descriptive statistics and a comparison of the average, ratio and correlation coefficient. The results of the study show that most of the elderly assessed enjoyed high levels of value and dignity, and felt free  to  make  their  own  decisions.  They  were  respected  by  the  children  and served as spiritual anchors for their family. Most carers for the elderly were females who had more positive attitudes towards and greater respect for the elderly than males. A guide to promoting  value  and dignity  for  the  elderly  includes building  a healthy  base  for them,  controlling  chronic  diseases,  creating  good  mental  health and cultivating love, positive relationships and gratitude.

Burasit, Y. & Sasiwongsaroj, K. (2018). Promotion of Thai “value and dignity”of the elderly in the urban society. Journal of Language and Culture, 37(2), 129-150. https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JLC/article/view/209525

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