Thai retirement age could be increased

The increasing elderly population in Thailand is prompting a serious discussion on raising the retirement age beyond 55 to accommodate an “aged society” and deal with an ongoing labour shortage in the country, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). The Labour Ministry is interested in ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Thailand will become 'super aged' society by 2036, predicts Dept of Health

Up to 30% of Thailand’s population is expected to cross the “elderly” barrier by 2036, placing it on the list of “super-aged societies”, the Department of Health said.Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, the department’s director general, made the announcement to mark World Population Day on Tuesday.The United Nations ...

The Nation Reporter

Over half of elderly Thais want care from family, not state: Nida Poll

More than half of elderly Thais believe their family members should take care of them, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida Poll).  The survey of 1,310 people aged over 60 was conducted jointly with the Centre for Ageing ...

The Nation Reporter

Uncertainty for the elderly

Thailand’s elderly population is growing rapidly.The country is already considered an “ageing” society, meaning 10% of the population is aged 60 and over, and has been since 2005. It is transitioning to an “aged” society, with those aged 60 and over set to account for ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Elderly depression 'on rise'

Elderly people tend to take their own lives after they have lost self-respect, said Dr Sirinthorn Chansirikarn, a professor in geriatric medicine at Mahidol University’s Ramathibodi Hospital.“Elderly people who commit suicide often succeed as they live long enough to be more resolute in their intentions,” ...

Penchan Charoensuthipan

Savings Fund membership push proposed

The Finance Ministry is mulling additional incentives to increase the number of members in the National Savings Fund (NSF) as Thailand is projected to become a “super ageing society” by 2031.Increasing state contributions to the NSF and extending the maximum membership age to 65 years ...

Wichit Chantanusornsiri

Govt urged to promote savings as society ages

The government is being advised to improve savings-related regulations in order to build up financial security, particularly for the elderly.Danucha Pichayanan, secretary-general of The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), said the state planning unit is about to propose the government improve regulations in ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Elderly, disabled set to get payments

The Department of Local Administration (DLA) on Friday allayed concerns about delays in making living allowance payments for elderly and disabled people, saying it managed to move funds from other schemes to make payments.DLA director-general Prayoon Rattanasenee insisted the problem had been addressed and the ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

This is not the time to neglect our older generation

Older people face myriad challenges in any society, and Thailand is no exception. Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the challenges are even more formidable.Globally, the novel coronavirus has proven all the more dangerous for people with underlying conditions, ranging from diabetes and asthma to cardiac ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

NSF seeks rejig for membership drive

The National Savings Fund (NSF), a voluntary pension fund for self-employed workers, will seek the government’s approval to amend laws to provide perks and raise the state contribution to draw more members.The fund should offer extra incentives such as group insurance to members as they ...

Wichit Chantanusornsiri

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