Do Preparations for Old Age Influence Death Preparation of Thai Adults?


Thailand is one of the countries that is rapidly becoming an aging society, and there is a wide promotion of awareness of preparation for old age. At the same time, there is a beginning to open up spaces for discussions about death preparation, which was once taboo in Thai society and culture. This article aims to study the influence of preparation for old age on death preparation among Thai people in two age groups: young adults (18-39 years old) and middle-aged adults (40-59 years old). Using data from a national survey of 17,280 participants nationwide, the study found that preparation for old age is a major factor influencing death preparation among Thai people of both age groups. People in rural areas are more likely to be prepared for death than people in urban areas. The influence of Thai Buddhism also plays a role, as people who are approaching old age are more likely to be prepared for old age and death. This reflects the fact that Thai people do not separate aging from death. Living with the elderly among young adults also increases their awareness of death preparation. The findings of this study may lead to the development of policies to promote preparation for old age in conjunction with the death preparation of the population in a systematic way.

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Titinan Pewnil, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Wiraporn Pothisiri, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Conference: AGen2024
Stream: Public Policy

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