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Ways of healthy aging: a case study of elderly people in a Northern Thai village

Chuleekorn Danyuthasilpe, Kwanjai Amnatsatsue, Chanuantong Tanasugarn, Patcharaporn Kerdmongkol and Allan B. Steckler

in Health Promotion International

Volume 24, issue 4, pages 394-403
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI:
Ways of healthy aging: a case study of elderly people in a Northern Thai village

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This ethnographic study was conducted to explore ways of healthy aging and the influence of culture on health-related behaviors in a rural community in Northern Thailand. In-depth interviews, focus group discussions, participant observations and field notes were used to understand the lives of seven healthy Thai older adults aged 75 years and over. Data were collected from March 2007 to February 2008, with ongoing ethnographic analysis involving coding, identifying patterns, generalizing and making reflective notes to elucidate the cultural patterns of behavior. All informants perceived health as interrelated with their life styles, which was, in turn, closely related to their cultural roots, suggesting that culture influences the health of all members of smaller, closely knit communities, including the elderly, by integrating physical, social and spiritual health for older adults and their families.

Keywords: ethnographic study; healthy aging; older adults

Journal Article.  4732 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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