Have you ever a seen a Coca Cola commercial with a smiling 85 year old couple?

Nou Tab in his 'house' in Cambodia, elderly man with no income or health care Have you ever seen a Coca Cola advertisement in which two smiling elderly of 85 years old look at each other, radiant, sipping on the same straw? Forget it. Our visual culture is focused on young body images. With a demography in which the vast majority is young this is the ideal, even for the […] Continue reading →

Yoeum Phor

n the village of Chung Thnal, close by Siem Reap, we are welcomed in the house of Yoeum Phor. She is a widow of 76 years old. She lives by herself in a wooden house with a garden around where she keeps some chickens. A lot of people and children are in her garden, and […] Continue reading →

Barely any spending on elderly

Buo Phan (91) portrait elderly poor In a 2015 article in the Phnom Penh Post, we find affirmation for what we were suspecting during our research on elderly in Cambodia. We went through all budget information released by the Cambodian government to find how much of their budget is allocated to elderly support. Our fellow researcher translated all from Khmer, looking […] Continue reading →

Khwon Chhoeut

Khwon Chhoeut (76) is a man who owns houses and rents them for income. He and his wife (71) live together in their own house. He tells us that after his daughters finished studying and moved away, he asked his nephew and niece, children of  a poor relative, to come and live with him, as […] Continue reading →

Health care taken for granted: story of Nou Tab (89)

There are moments during our research that the comparison between our native country, The Netherlands, and Cambodia are too painful to ignore. Like a physical experience, the visits and encounters with elderly people in their environment give you more information then we will ever get from so much interesting and well-written articles. One concept in […] Continue reading →

Elderly: What do we see in Cambodia and The Netherlands? (2)

Lai Lee (76) portrait Phnom Penh Cambodia Of course we will be publishing a lot about the differences between elderly in Cambodia and The Netherlands. Interesting? Yes. Educational? Yes. Will it inspire people to action for elderly? We will do all we can to do that, and invite you to join us.  Today we take you to Mr. Lai Lee (76) from Cambodia […] Continue reading →

Mith Chham

Mith Chham is a young looking woman, the leader of the Older People Association (OPA) of the village Sam Roang Snor, near Battambang city. She has been OPA leader since 2006, when she was elected. She still does some other work for the community for money, and her daughter doubted her being OPA leader, since […] Continue reading →

Policy on elderly: trends in Cambodia 3

OPA policy in rural area Cambodia Elderly policy in Cambodia As we do in other countries, we also research the current demographic trends and policy to find important developments and key issues. In a serie of 3 articles you can read about Cambodia. According to the strategic planning for 2014 to 2018 the Ministry of Social affairs, Veterans and Youth is […] Continue reading →

Giving back the portraits to the elderly: an adventure in Battambang

making of Hnok Kok and Ean Mann. giving back photos. After an intense week of meeting elderly in the Battambang province, making portraits and video of them and their stories, guided by Helpage staff, we decided to go back by ourselves. Printing their portraits, the least we wanted to do is give them back to the old people we visited. So now on our own, […] Continue reading →

Policy on elderly: trends in Cambodia 2

Environment elderly cambodia As we do in other countries, we also research the current demographic trends and policy to find important developments and key issues. In a serie of 3 articles you can read about Cambodia. From all census and research information done in Cambodia, the following key issues are formulated: 1. Poverty Many elderly are living in […] Continue reading →