Lifestyle of the elderly in rural and urban Malaysia

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Abstract

Malaysia is steadily progressing toward an aging population demographic pattern. While aging is a natural process, its impact can be painful individually as well as for the nation. Individually there is a loss of a paying job after retirement, loss of physical and mental fitness, and also occasionally the loss of social integration due to lack of mobility. For a nation, an aging population means a growing dependency ratio, a greater need of care, and more medical facilities for this age group. This article looks at the various economic and social implications of the aging population in Malaysia in general, and in the rural and urban setting specifically. The paper focuses on a research sample of 132 (66 rural, 66 urban) elderly persons. The findings suggest that the demographic patterns of the elderly vary from the rural to the urban setting, with differing issues that need to be addressed to alleviate problems encountered related to loneliness, lack of financial stability, and emotional strain. Policy suggestion will be geared toward providing a solution to problems at hand as well as aiding the working group members to prepare and sustain a comfortable livelihood for the aged in their later years.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Pages317-325
Number of pages9
Volume1114
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1114
ISSN (Print)00778923
ISSN (Electronic)17496632

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Malaysia
Life Style
Aging of materials
Population
Loneliness
Physical Fitness
Retirement
Population Dynamics
Hand
Age Groups
Economics
Demography
Research

Keywords

  • Economic and social implication
  • Healthy aging
  • Lifestyle
  • Longevity
  • Social network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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S. Selvaratnam, D. P., & Tin, P. B. (2007). Lifestyle of the elderly in rural and urban Malaysia. In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Vol. 1114, pp. 317-325). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1114). https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1396.025

Lifestyle of the elderly in rural and urban Malaysia. / S. Selvaratnam, Doris Padmini; Tin, Poo Bee.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1114 2007. p. 317-325 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1114).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

S. Selvaratnam, DP & Tin, PB 2007, Lifestyle of the elderly in rural and urban Malaysia. in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. vol. 1114, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1114, pp. 317-325. https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1396.025
S. Selvaratnam DP, Tin PB. Lifestyle of the elderly in rural and urban Malaysia. In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1114. 2007. p. 317-325. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1396.025
S. Selvaratnam, Doris Padmini ; Tin, Poo Bee. / Lifestyle of the elderly in rural and urban Malaysia. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1114 2007. pp. 317-325 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences).
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