Workers under the Mirror Foundation’s Work From Homeless project take a short break in Minburi, Bangkok. (Photo courtesy of Mirror Foundation)

Stories of suffering and struggle reveal tragic side of Thailand’s ageing society

Eighty-year-old Chalong does not just sit at home waiting for his monthly government subsidy payment. Instead, he keeps himself busy doing odd jobs four days a week. “What I want…

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The average Thai family has only 1.3 children while it should have two or more, but many factors are behind the sliding birth rate, such as the modern lifestyle, the choice to remain single, or couples choosing not to have children. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Slumping birth rate poses urgent policy challenges for government

Thailand’s sliding birth rate, which hit a record low last year, is ringing alarm bells in the corridors of government. The long-term socioeconomic consequences of this phenomenon are being fully…

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While Thailand has set the ageing society as a National Agenda item recently, we need action – and a lot of it – rather than just words.

The burden of age: why Thailand must prepare now for a growing greying society

With talks on the charter amendment and Prayut Chan-o-cha’s future dominating government and parliamentary affairs, one important issue has been grossly overlooked: that everyone, no matter what ideology he or…

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Thailand is now on the way to becoming a super-aged society. Experts warn that without significant changes, the Retirement Fund of the SSO risks collapse. (Photo by Josh Appel)

Truce called in battle over Thailand’s retirement fund but ‘grey army’ growing fast

Millions of company workers can heave a sigh of relief after Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin applied the brakes on a plan to extend the retirement age from 55 to 60….

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Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

Private sector needs to lead economic recovery, says global financial institute executive

Emphasising how the private sector is the one that needs to lead the country into recovery, Alfonso Garcia Mora, Vice President for Asia Pacific at the International Finance Corporation, (IFC), a sister…

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An elderly woman sits along an alley in a low-income neighborhood in Bangkok on May 4, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Songkran Holiday Blues for the Elderly

Songkran is the Thai New Year holiday that many Thais look forward to spending a week-long off from work and being with their loved ones, especially Thai elders that wait…

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Bang Saen set for major make-over to become a town for the elderly

Thailand’s Bang Saen seaside town, on the eastern coast near Bangkok, will undergo a major make-over to accommodate an aging society in the future. Mr. Narongchai Khunpluem, the mayor of…

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