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Thailand becoming complete ageing society in 7 years

BANGKOK, April 10 – Thailand ranks second after Singapore among Southeast Asian countries with the highest number of elderly people and it will become a complete ageing society in the next seven years, according to the Public Health Ministry.

Jedsada Chockdamrongsuk, director general of the Mental Health Department, said the latest census on December 31, 2013 reported there were almost 9 million people older than 60 years, representing 14 per cent of Thailand’s population. There are more women than men.

The number of the country’s elderly will jump to 13 million, or one-fifth of the population, in the next seven years and it will become a fully ageing society in 2031. 

Ageing societies are those in which the number of people older than 60 exceed the number of children, and in Thailand that is projected to occur for the first time in the Thai history in 2018, he said.

Dr Jedsada said the number of people older than 65 in the world reached 8 per cent of the global population of 7 billion people two years ago. The country ranks second after Singapore with the highest number of elderly people.

April 13, Songkran Day, is Thailand's National Day of the Elderly.

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Re: Ageing society masterplan has to be written now
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 01:45:15 PM »
Ageing society masterplan has to be written now

Thailand requires comprehensive preparations for the invitable

Some policies needed to be thought through more than others. A policy to cope with the country’s ageing society is among those that are extremely sensitive. It’s an issue that requires comprehensive planning and the people in charge must know it inside and out.

It’s not a big problem yet – but an aeging population is an inevitability for Thailand, whose low birth rate will certainly cause major economic and social changes. Some sectors have begun preparations, but the situation warrants a lot more than new concepts in housing complexes and rearranging department store shelves.

A big related issue is labour, and one measure that will gain more and more acceptance is the re-employment of retirees. This will have to take into account geographical factors and the unique habits of old people, who don’t like to be too far away from home.

But policymakers will have much more to think about than what kind of work will suit these retirees and where to put them. Dealing with young people is equally important.

Skill development will become crucial. It must be part of an all-encompassing political vision, covering technological progress and economic trends. For countries like Thailand, where labour skills have undergone a major transformation, the situation is complicated enough even without the ageing society being a factor.

The ageing of society is a game changer, and labour plays a big part in that.  In both “rich” countries like Japan and Singapore and relatively poor nations such as Vietnam, things will drastically change when it comes to the workforce.

Singapore has been adapting vehemently. Its senior citizens are becoming an increasingly important part of the workforce. The change has been unavoidable, however, as the proportion of workers aged over 60 in Singapore is about 12 per cent now – double the percentage of a decade ago. Competitiveness remains important in the island nation, but its badly stretched human resources are forcing rethinks on many fronts.

Thailand is not that far behind on this unenviable track. About 20 years from now, it is estimated that over 20 per cent of the Thai population will be “old”. That is one in every five Thais – and the percentage is expected to be the second-highest in Southeast Asia after Singapore.

But Thailand’s ongoing political divide has hampered or aborted policies that should have been given the utmost importance. That is in addition to the “normal” Thai politics, in which the education portfolio has rarely received its deserved attention from politicians. All the ignorance and politicisation must end if Thailand is to really prepare itself for the imminent ageing of society.

The upcoming election fight should, for once, see attention paid to concrete issues such as the ageing society and relatively poor standards of education. What rival politicians and the military will set out to do, however, is predictable. They are very likely to argue over abstract matters that will take the country nowhere.

Real issues demand that everyone fighting “ideologically” with each other at the moment should forgo their prejudices. They are crying out for real attention, clear-cut direction, all-encompassing planning and unified implementation. These challenges warrant sacred agendas that have to be firm and long-standing regardless of who is in government or opposition.

The ageing society is among those issues, and those vying for political power should compete in presenting their ideas to the public on how to solve it.
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