Establishing activity centers for elderly people in metropolitan areas of vietnam: Preference and willingness-to-pay

Thu Thi Hoai Nguyen, Thanh Xuan Nguyen, Thang Pham, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Giang Thu Vu, Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huyen Thi Thanh Vu, Carl A. Latkin, Cyrus S.H. Ho, Roger C.M. Ho

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Abstract

Purpose and aim: The activity center (AC), an effective model for health support and health-related quality of life improvements for older people, has been operating for many years worldwide. This study aimed to assess the necessity of and preference for attending AC and its desired functions and facilities in elderly people in Vietnam. Subjects and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at parks and senior clubs, with 121 participants from 6 February to 20 April 2017, in Hanoi. The health status, preference, and willingness-to-pay for AC use of respondents were assessed. Results: Over 75% of respondents agreed to establish an AC for older people. Among them, approximately 71.7% were willing to pay a monthly fee for this center. Elderly individuals who obtain regular physical examination when feeling pain/discomfort and who were participating in clubs for elder people were more likely to agree to establish and pay for an AC. Meanwhile, women who have to take care of grandchildren, people who were saving money and people who had children working in organizations or who were freelancers were less likely to agree to establish and pay for AC. Conclusion: The results suggest the feasibility of establishment of ACs in Vietnam, with a high proportion of participants agreeing to such establishing and willing to pay for the AC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-802
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Volume12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Activity center
  • Elderly
  • Older people
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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