The Development of Aged Friendly Community: Tambon Naphu Aging School in Amphur Phen, Udonthani

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Chiraporn Worawong
Chaweewan Sridawruang
Dawruwan Thawinkarn
Pornpun Manasatchakun


This Research for Community aimed to transfer knowledge from research knowledge management for utilization in aging school and to assess the effectiveness of knowledge transfer in aging school on communities and targeted populations. Participatory action research was applied for planning, action, observation and reflection. Research was conducted in Naphu sub-District, Phen District, Udonthani Province. Participants were local administrators, community leaders, local trainers, aging school students, and older persons’ caregivers. Data were collected using interviews, focus group and answering questionnaires. Frequencies, percentages, means, and standard deviations were used to analyze quantitative data. Content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data. The research findings revealed that knowledge and manuals obtained from research were beneficial for utilization in other settings. These included a manual for training of trainers of aging school, a lifelong learning curriculum to promote active aging, and a manual for older persons’ health promotion according to naturalism principles. The majority of aging school students had quality of life with a good level. This specific aging school was developed to be a master aging school for creating aging school network. Consequently, this led to several benefits in the community including social self-reliance, financial self-reliance which helped support community in fostering older persons’ good health, social participation, and life security leading to enhanced quality of life.


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Worawong จ, Sridawruang ฉ, Thawinkarn ด, Manasatchakun พ. The Development of Aged Friendly Community: Tambon Naphu Aging School in Amphur Phen, Udonthani. NJPH (วารสาร พ.ส.) [Internet]. 2020 Aug. 27 [cited 2022 Aug. 16];30(2):150-63. Available from:


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