An alternative living arrangement for older Malaysian

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Research suggests that older persons in developing countries turn first to family for social care, and elderly parents are accepted to be living with their children when they are physically dependent. Nowadays the provision of care within family becomes more difficult as family size decreases. Women, who are traditionally the main care providers, also increasingly engaged in employment outside the home. Thus, the older persons have to think an alternative living arrangement to secure their welfare. This study seeks to analyze an alternative living arrangement for older persons in Malaysia. Using a multiple-case study design, a total of eight older persons aged between 62-72 years old who live in the modern pondok at the al-Jenderami Foundation, in the state of Selangor, Malaysia, were purposively selected as participants. All participants, who are all single mothers, have opted in at their own wish and have settled in the al-Jenderami for the period of 2 to 6 years. Through in-depth interviews conducted, it can be concluded that there are five reasons why they choose the pondok as their residence. The reasons are: 1) consistent in ibadah, 2) easy to join the jemaah at the mosque, 3) able to mix around and learn together with their peers, 4) can increase the deeds for the afterlife, and 5) be able to focus on the religious learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1568-1572
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Neglected
  • Older persons
  • Religious activities
  • Worship

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
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An alternative living arrangement for older Malaysian. / Ismail, Zainab; Wan-Ibrahim, W. A.; Mahmud, Zuria; Hanin Hamjah, Salasiah; Jemain, Rosidah; Baharuddin, Elmi; Muhamat @ Kawangit, Razaleigh; Sidik @ Mat Sidek, Roziah; Mohd. Kusrin, Zuliza.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 8, 2012, p. 1568-1572.

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