Social and health profiles of rural elderly Malays

Suzana Shahar, J. Earland, S. Abd Rahman

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Aim: To evaluate the social and health functions of rural elderly Malays. Method: A survey was carried out on 350 elderly Malays aged 60 and above using a set of socio and health questionnaires. Results: The majority of elderly people in the study were married (64%), unemployed with no pension (76%), relied on children for their main economic resources (62%) and perceived that they have sufficient money to buy the food they require (61%). Most of the subjects felt healthy, contented and satisfied with their everyday life, were able to do most of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) tasks and were actively involved in community activities. However, most of the subjects (60%) had either one or two diagnosed chronic diseases. Thus, only 15% of the subjects had not taken any type of medicines during the previous 12 months. Conclusion: Although the majority of the elderly in this study were able to perform all the ADL tasks and perceived their health as good, physical impairments (eg. sight, hearing and chewing difficulties) are prevalent and the use of medicines is widespread. It is expected that in future a greater proportion of rural elderly Malays will live alone and will face economic and health problems because of the lack of sufficient and satisfactory programmes for this age group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalSingapore Medical Journal
Volume42
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2001

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Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Health
  • Malays
  • Rural
  • Social

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  • Medicine(all)

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Shahar, S., Earland, J., & Abd Rahman, S. (2001). Social and health profiles of rural elderly Malays. Singapore Medical Journal, 42(5), 208-213.

Social and health profiles of rural elderly Malays. / Shahar, Suzana; Earland, J.; Abd Rahman, S.

In: Singapore Medical Journal, Vol. 42, No. 5, 05.2001, p. 208-213.

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Shahar, S, Earland, J & Abd Rahman, S 2001, 'Social and health profiles of rural elderly Malays', Singapore Medical Journal, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 208-213.
Shahar, Suzana ; Earland, J. ; Abd Rahman, S. / Social and health profiles of rural elderly Malays. In: Singapore Medical Journal. 2001 ; Vol. 42, No. 5. pp. 208-213.
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