A new GLO Discussion Paper finds higher disability rates of older people in Vietnam than identified by local authorities, while there also exists a strong and negative association between education and disability.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1244, 2023
Disabilities and Care Needs among Older People: Evidence from Vietnam – Download PDF
by Nguyen, Cuong Viet & Nguyen, Quynh Ngoc
GLO Fellow Cuong Nguyen
Author Abstract: In this study, we study disability among older people (aged 60 or older) using the 2016 Viet Nam National Disability Survey. We find that 31% and 12% of older people are living with low and high disabilities, respectively. These rates are remarkably higher than the disability rate identified by local authorities. Disability is found to be more prevalent in older people and women. There is a strong and negative association between education and disability, as well as between wealth and disability. Next, we analyze the need for care among older people with disabilities. We find that around 10% of older people need care, which is equivalent to around 1.2 million people. The proportion of people in need of care is 29% for older people with disabilities and 53.8% for older people with severe disabilities.
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