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Citizens of the world have dramatically increased, in particular numbers of aging population; and this is similar to Thailand. Their good quality of life becomes an essence that the Thai government needs to care for. As a result, the Thai government designates many policies to promote their quality of life. An important factor for this is the elderly’ participation in social activities which creates self-worth value and prevents depression. Therefore, this study aimed to: (a) examine level of elderly’s social activity participation; (b) to compare social activity participation differentiated by level of education, having assistance in social activity, and receiving benefits from social activity participation. Participants were 105 elderly people living at Ban Subpraduu, and Ban Khaomaikwain, Mauk Lek Subdistrict, Muak Lek District, Saraburi Province. Simple random sampling technique was used to recruit the participants according to the inclusion criteria. Research instruments included demographic questionnaire, and elderly participation in social activity scale. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Independent t-test, and one-way ANOVA.
Results revealed that mean score of elderly’s social activity participation was at moderate level. Different levels of education did not affect levels of social activity participation (p<.05). Lastly, those who had assistance in social activity participation and receiving benefits from social activity participation significantly differed in social activity participation (p<.05). Hence, these results are an empirical evidence for local administrators and healthcare team who take care of elderly people’s quality of life to acquiring social assistance and providing social activity welfare. This is to promote elderly’s participation in social activity in community continuously and sustainably.
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