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Army assists in repairing elderly and disabled people’s homes in Phuket

After two years of Covid-19 restrictions, a large number of elderly and disabled inhabitants in the Mai Khao subdistrict have been severely impacted and are unable to pay to rebuild their homes. The administrative organization decided that soldiers from the Fourth Army Region would step in to help improve the lives of vulnerable community members after realizing that there weren’t enough finances for all residents’ renovations. Then, between May 29 and June 22, the major general of the local police ordered 27 volunteer soldiers to assist with housing repairs. PR Phuket recently shared information on the repairs on Facebook (July 5). Statistics from the previous year indicated that Thailand’s old population was increasing. In that year, the kingdom was slated to become a “aged” society, with 20% of the populace being 60 years of age or older. Researchers are concerned about Thailand’s capacity to care for its aging population as it grows older. According to a 2019 survey, middle-class households in metropolitan regions need to save roughly 4.3 million baht each in order to have enough money when they reach retirement age of 60. The Community Organization Development Institute provided the financing. However, following additional investigation, the administrative organization of the subdistrict discovered that some members of the community continued to lack the funding required to hire the appropriate personnel. The residences of elderly and disabled persons in Phuket’s Thailand district have received repair and renovation assistance from the Royal Thai Army. The subdistrict had obtained funding for around 58 dwellings, or 20,000 baht per unit. By 2031, 28 percent of the population of Thailand will be 60 years of age or older, making it a “super elderly” civilization. The Thailand Development Research Institute’s study found that elderly persons living in rural regions require 2.8 million baht.

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