Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Future of Social Sciences
Coordination of Community-Based Activities for Older Adults and Family Members to Reduce Depression: A Case Study in Nong Khai, Thailand
Parichart Toomnan and Tanet Wattanakul
This study aims to decrease the depression of older adults in Bo Hin community, Nong Khai province and establish community’s activities to create the social sympathy based on Buddhism. The sample used consist of 20 older adults in in Bo Hin community, Nong Khai province. The data collected by various instruments combine with questionnaire for older adults, the ten community activities to reduce depression under the sufficiency economy philosophy and the interview about self-value perspective after activity participation. Statistics of frequency and percentage were used for data analysis.
Based on the research findings, it can be affirmed that the depression of older adults decreased after activity participation. The sickness perception of older adults reduced of 30 percent. The older adults had good family relationship for 95 percent. The daily life routine of older adults was high level both before and after activity participation for 100 percent. Moreover, it was found that the depression of older adults before participate activities was low. In addition, it can be addressed that the number of older adults who had no depression increase from 25 percent to 50 percent.
Based on the interview, it can be revealed that the community activities accelerated the happiness due to the interaction with family members and other related people. The sample also reflected that not only the happiness but also decreased stress and more self-value led to the proud of community activities participation.
keywords: Older adults; Community-based activities; Depression; the Elderly; Mental health.