Report: Needs and Challenges of Older People

Paper author: 
National Institute of Social Affairs, HelpAge Cambodia, Voice
Paper publication date: 
Thursday, December 19, 2019


The study aims at understanding the needs and challenges of the older people regarding their health issues and health care, economic opportunities, family dependence, social protection, and community engagement. Findings will help educate the public about the current needs and what supports shall be prioritized to fulfill the essentials of the late-life people.

A mixed methodology is adopted for the study to capture the holistic views, concerns and recommendations or feedback from relevant stakeholders (including elders) and to understand the relation between different needs and challenges of the elderly. There are five locations selected for the detailed investigation – Phnom Penh, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Prey Veng and Kampot with at total samples of 316 older persons including 219 female ageing from 60 to over 90. Among these, there is no physically handicapped sample. The investigations explores different aspects of the elderly population in the study areas for instance their ADL/IADL performance, disabilities, cognitive and depression, dietary nutrients, family health care and economic support, and abuses. More in-depth analysis i.e. correlation is tested to understand certain relation and influence of some variables. Is that less or insufficient care leads to any depression among the elderly or education level determines the ADL/IADL performance for instance.

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