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Toward Aged-Friendly City

By: Nuntnidhi Bongsebodhidhamma  

In the twenty-first century, the global challenges are much related to the urbanization and aging society, particularly in a developing country. This research aims to 1). Study policy formulation process of age-friendly city 2). Study citizens' needs and 3). Propose an achievable age-friendly strategic plan. Methodologically, the approaches rely on both quantitative and qualitative. A 420 set of questionnaires was distributed to survey the respondents’ attitude and expectation. This study applied gamification activity as a new qualitative technique for encouraging the participants in discussions. Moreover, the establishment of the first municipality senior center is used to be a case study. The findings are following; 1). Regarding the aspect of the scope, channel, and stage, the civic engagement level is at a moderate. Moreover, been applied the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities framework, the study reveals that civic engagement in housing policy is at the highest level. More importantly, the formulation process led by the internal and external environment as well as the policy sources. 2). In all four aspects, the need for civic engagement is at a high level. 3). The housing policy among the other types is the most interesting one. The strategic proposal plan presents the two key suggestions which are 1). Providing more accessible public space and facilitating the two-way communication channel. 2). The age-friendly city plan should cover four policy types, which are education, public health, environment, and safety policy.

Aging Society, Formulation Process, Public Management, Public Policy
Public Policy and Public Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session



Nuntnidhi Bongsebodhidhamma

Lecturer, Humanities and Social Science, Phranakon Rajabhat University, Thailand
Thailand