QUALITY OF LIFE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ELDERLY, AMPHOE KHO WANG, YASOTHON PROVINCE
Keywords:Development, Quality of life of the elderly; Guidelines for quality of life development
This research has objectives to: 1) study the general characteristics of the older people in Kho Wang district, Yasothon province, 2) develop the quality of life of the older people in Kho Wang district, Yasothon province, and 3) discover guidelines to develop quality of life of the senior people in Kho Wang district, Yasothon province. This is a mixed methods research. The quantitative research utilizes a sample size of 400 individuals. The descriptive statistical data include frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation. The qualitative method uses an in-depth interview of 17 key informants selected based on a purposive sampling method and a focus group of 8 individuals. The content analysis and triangulation are performed. The results showed that: 1. most of the respondents are female at the total number of 230 persons (57.50 percent), they are aged between 66-70 years old (42.50 percent), having a primary education of 320 persons (80 percent), and 330 persons (82.50 percent) are married. 2. The development of quality of life of the senior people in Kho Wang district, Yasothon province composed of 5 components that were 1) social component, 2) environmental component, 3) health component, 4) mental component, and 5) emotional component. 3. The guidelines to develop quality of life of older people in Kho Wang district, Yasothon province included 1) physical health guidelines, 2) mental health guidelines, 3) social relations guidelines, and 4) environmental economy guidelines.