Impact of Living Arrangements, Healthy Aging, and Well-being ...

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In Thailand, the transformation of living arrangements has brought with it profound challenges for the country to comprehend new insights into the interdependence of the person, health and well-being, and their living environment. The purpose of this study was to identify differences in living arrangements on healthy aging and well-being of older Thai adults who had been participating in the elderly schools in Thailand. The specific aim was to integrate the findings into existing community-based health promotion programs focusing on early intervention to promote social connection. Lack of social connection can lead to social isolation and loneliness associated with premature mortality and diminished well-being of older adults. Data was collected from 139 older adults aged 60 years and older. Results of a Kruskal-Wallis H test indicated that the different living arrangements had an impact on healthy aging, specifically on the Managing Stress Factor but no impact on well-being among the participants. This study examined the implications for stress management programs for those living alone to develop a nonkin social relationship or a confidant to receive adequate emotional support.