IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(5): 396-399

Health Promotion Behavior and Needs Assessment: What do Thai Elderly Want and Need

Montakarn Chuemchit, Nattawan Deeleartyuenyong, Parlop Promluan, Jirapun Khiewkhum,and Surasak Taneepanichskul

Abstract—With the aging of the world population and individuals live longer, health promotion behaviors and health promotion needs become even more important, particularly with regards to improve health and well-being of elderly people. The objectives of this study were: 1).To study the elderly health promotion behaviors and 2). To examine the elderly health promotion needs. Descriptive statistic were used for data analysis and illustrated as frequency, percentage, and mean.
The results of the elderly health promotion behaviors showed 6 aspects as followed; 1.The responsibility of their health 2.The relationship of participants 3.The exercise of participants4. The food nutrition quality 5. Developing the spiritual of participants 6.Managing the stress. The results of the elderly health promotion needs revealed that three priorities of health information’s resource were; Mass media especially television (76.4%), Health care provider (66.0%), and Audio lines in the community (56.2%). Three priorities of health promotion’s activities were; Monthly health check (98.4%), Monthly activity between community member i.e. go to temple and travel (95.8%), and daily appropriate exercise (94.4%). Moreover for brainstorming and analysis resources in the community, they offer activity program for promoting elderly health. After ran these program, most of elderly in the community participate in activity and satisfactory.

Index Terms—Health promotion behaviors, health promotionneeds, the Philosophy of the Sufficiency Economy, Thai elderly.

Montakarn Chuemchit, Nattawan Deeleartyuenyong, Parlop Promluan,and Surasak Taneepanichskul are with the College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330 Thailand (e-mail: montakarn.ch@chula.ac.th, yee2501@yahoo.com, parlop.p@chula.ac.th, surasak.t@chula.ac.th).
Jirapun Khiewkhum is with Department of Family Clinical Practice and Community, Cha-am Hospital, Phetchaburi, 76120 Thailand (e-mail:jirapun.com@hotmail.com).

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Cite: Health Promotion Behavior and Needs Assessment: What do Thai Elderly Want and Need, "Health Promotion Behavior and Needs Assessment: What do Thai Elderly Want and Need," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 5, pp. 396-399, 2012.

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