Cross-National Differences in Living Arrangements among Older Adults in Southeast Asia

Jeofrey B. Abalos, National University of Singapore
Mae Abigail Oberos , Philippine Statistics Authority

Using census data this paper aims: 1) to compare trends and patterns of living arrangements of older persons in Southeast Asia to see if there are significant similarities and differences that transcend the diversity of this region; and 2) examine the factors affecting their choice of living arrangements. Results reveal that living in an extended household remains the most predominant type of living arrangement among older persons in Southeast Asia, although the trend has been declining over time. In contrast, the proportion living in a one-person and nuclear household has been rising. Moreover, more women than men live in a one-person and extended household while more of the latter than the former reside in a nuclear household. Finally the proportion living in an extended household varies by age, marital status, level of education and place of residence.

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 Presented in Session P2. Poster Session Ageing, Health and Mortality