Educational Policies for Aging and Movements in Thailand: A Literature Review

Abstract

According to the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (2002), social and policy movements to increase an educational opportunity among Thai elderly had also been established and implemented. The objective of this paper is to review the education policy for the elderly and its implementation. The secondary data employed from several resources, either Thai or International publications. The results indicated that educational empowerments and accessibilities for Thai older were obviously written in the 2nd Thailand National Plan for elderly (2002-2021), including five strategies. During the year 2007-2011, there were several projects to increase the possibility for aging educations, which was supported by JICA. Focusing on an implementation of the projects, (1) government and private organizations for the elderly and system for the aging education at community level had been established, (2) several publications toward health information and educations, religions and practices, news, etc. had been distributed (3) publications and information about elder rights, social securities, social protections, and appropriate occupations, had been done. Suggestion from this study includes (1) education for the elderly should not be concerned only literatures or publications, due to the elderly in community; especially rural areas had low education and having eye problems and (2) sustainability for education is life long-learning, new innovation for education, such as visual education, edutainment, educational technology, might be fit for this aged, long-term attention in printing resources or publications might not related to aging psychology for their educations.



Author Information
Taweeporn Sittiracha, Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Thailand
Kanvee Viwatpanich, Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Thailand
Junya Pattaraarchachai, Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Thailand
Sermkool Akarapanyakool, Chulabhorn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Conference: AGen2016
Stream: Aging and Gerontology

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