Journal of Population Ageing

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 305–313 | Cite as

Memory and the Reporting of Remittance in a Sample of Elderly Persons in Thailand

  • Kathleen FordEmail author
  • Sureeporn Punpuing
  • Melanie Abas


Accurate reporting of sources of income is needed in studies of intergenerational transfers and welfare of the elderly. The objective of this paper is to investigate how memory in the elderly is related to the reporting of remittances received from their children in Thailand. Using data from a longitudinal study of 1036 persons age 60 to 93 in a province in Thailand, the influence of a word recall (verbal learning and recall), and nickname recall (verbal learning and recall) on reporting of remittance was assessed. Initially, both measures were positively and significantly related to the reporting of remittance. The results remained significant only for the nickname task after controlling for education, wealth, living arrangements and disability. The results highlight the importance of cognitive issues in the quality of data and the need for attention to memory in questionnaire design.


Memory Remittance Thailand Elderly Migration Disability 



The data collection for this project was supported by a grant from the Welcome Trust (WT078567). Assistance from Kanchana Tangchonlatip and Tawanchai Jirapramukpitak in design and data collection is gratefully acknowledged.

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There are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Ford
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sureeporn Punpuing
    • 1
  • Melanie Abas
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Population and Social ResearchMahidol UniversityNakhon PathomThailand
  2. 2.School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Institute of PsychiatryKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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