pop & health infoshare: links to HIV/AIDS & aging in thailand & cambodia (0109)


haven’t had a chance to start mining this yet, but it promises to be a productive set of links from the population studies center in ann arbor


AIDS and Older Persons: Studies of the Impact in Thailand and Cambodia

Two teams of US researchers have worked in colaboration with Thai and Cambodian researchers to study the impact of AIDS on older persons in Thailand and Cambodia. Data collection for Thailand spans 1998-2009; data collection in Cambodia spans 2004-2007. Funding has been provided by the U.S. National Institute on Aging. The projects utilize a multi-method approach and aim to provide a comprehensive assessment of a wide range of impacts on older persons, especially parents of those who die, and their implications for understanding the impact on older persons in other settings.

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HIV/AIDS is usually viewed as a disease affecting reproductive-age adults and their infant children. Discussions rarely consider the impact on older persons and, when they do, they typically focus on those who are infected themselves. Not only can older adults contract HIV themselves but a far greater number of older persons are affected through the infection of significant others, especially their adult children. The pathways through which they are affected include caregiving, coresidence and providing financial and material support during the illness, paying funeral expenses, fostering orphaned grandchildren, losing current and old-age support that the child would have provide, and suffering grief and emotional stress. These in turn can have profound consequences for their economic, social, psychological, and physical well-being. At the same time, by playing a major role in caregiving, older persons make significant contributions to the well-being of their infected sons and daughters and, by assuming the role of foster parents, to the grandchildren who are left behind.

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AIDS and Older Persons: Studies of the Impact in Thailand and Cambodia
Population Studies Center
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI
48106-1248, United States

Phone: 734-763-2306
Fax: 734-763-1428
E-mail: jknodel@umich.edu
Website: http://aidseld.psc.isr.umich.edu/

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