Ageing population becomes one of global issues. In Thailand, according to National Statistical Office, 17% of Thai population is elderly. Although 85% of elderly are literate, 61% are unemployed and 42% rely on their children’s money. Almost 20% stated that they want to get a job/work and one-third of them are still in debt at age 60. With challenges and inequality to access financial security and social connections, these negatively affect to their dignity, ability to be independent and lead them to social exclusion. Regarding to Dtac’s report, 56% of elderly can access to the internet. Facebook users’ report also said “only very small Thai elderly do not have FB accounts”. Thus, to support Thai elderly have a better later life and access to social inclusion, we aim to provide a platform for face-to-face and online interactions where they can get additional income by sharing their skills, knowledge and experiences.
Our knowledge sharing platform available on smartphone and website will provide ‘win-win-win benefits’ to all. Firstly, it will absolutely benefit to elderly’s quality of life. Not only do they have a chance to get additional income to support their living expense and reduce dependence on their family and children, but this platform also helps them maintain their healthy and active life by allowing them to show their ability and do the things they love. They will feel self-worth and belong as a part of society. These will preserve both their physical and mental capacities. Secondly, they are a gold mine of skills and resources in a society. Transferring knowledge across generations fosters and preserves intellectual and cultural heritage. The elderly could potentially benefit to young people in passing on their experience, expertise and guidance in many aspects. As their lifetime of skills, knowledge and wisdom are valued, they can be contributors in sharing the knowledge capital of the society. Lastly, it will relieve the financial burden to the country. The ageing population is predicted to put a strain on government spending, particularly on public social expenditure and in-kind public transfers such as social pension, national health care and long-term care services. However, if the elderly remain healthy as they age, not only can they still play a role as human capital resource, but the government will be also able to save large budget on physical and mental health care services and allocate to improve the country in other ways.
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