Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Thai Social Security

As in America, Thailand takes care of its senior citizens, beginning at age 60. Part of the Thai New Year celebration is honoring the seniors. The first SS payment is giving the day before New Year’s along with a gift, this year a water cooler. Local dignitaries honor them and the health volunteers talk about how to stay healthy. At our celebration there was a gal in her 70’s hula hooping, doing tricks!
Financial support (and food) is also provided to all pregnant women, encouraging a healthy pregnancy . The new moms get three months off work. There are 2 pregnant women in my office. They are well cared for and recently one showed me her report from her last visit, in Thai of course, but looked impressive!
Nice system.

My host family grandfather at the New Year's Celebration honoring seniors

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