Consumption patterns among the elderly in Urban Malaysia: The case study of Selangor

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As one retires from formal work the most worrying aspect is balancing one's daily budget. The consumption lifecycle theory argues that after retirement from a paid job a person will either maintain their lifestyle or face a decline in the consumption pattern due to loss of income. The elder lies who are not prepared and who used to be robust in their working days will be the hardest hit. This burden is escalated when poor diet and lack of exercise causes a decline in the general health of the individual leading to a rise in demand for health facilities and medicine. Poor eating habits and low exercise levels correlates to faster physical ageing characteristics. This paper investigates the consumption pattern among the elderly in urban areas in Selangor. A sample of 100 respondents were interviewed and the analysis shows a difference in consumption pattern among the male and female respondents and also those from differing age groups of the elderly although the majority of the respondents had good networking between family members relatives or friends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-57
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Journal of Consumer and Family Economics
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Consumption patterns
Malaysia
Exercise
Income
Retirement
Burden
Age groups
Health
Networking
Medicine
Life cycle theory
Demand for health
Lifestyle
Urban areas
Habit
Diet
Correlates

Keywords

  • And social network
  • Consumption
  • Elderly
  • Health demand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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