Process of Preparation for Aging by Community in Northeast
Keywords:Process, Preparation, Aging, Community
This critical ethnography research aimed to study the process of preparation for aging by the community.
The study was conducted in a sub-district of the northeastern province of Thailand. Data were collected during
July 2020-July 2021. The total number of samples was 142. The samples of 112 key informants were selected
by the purposive sampling method, and 30 general informants were selected by the snowball sampling method.
The data were collected by participatory observation, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, field notes,
and other sources. The data were statistically analyzed using percentage, proportion, and ethnographic data
analysis. The results showed that the process of preparation for aging by the community consists of 8 creations:
the creation of awareness about learning to be a quality senior citizen, the creation and development
of caregivers, creation of an environment that is ready for entering old age, creation of health and rehabilitation,
creation of safe food, creation of sustainability for the community economy, creation of welfare, and creation
of a mechanism to drive ageing preparation by the community. In summary, the study reflects the
collaboration of the four parties in driving the process of preparing for the elderly, which is linked to
multidimensional preparation together with the dimensions of society, culture, economy, environment, health,
politics, and governance to be ready for entering to the old age with quality
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