Elderly Welfare and Quality of Life: A qualitative inquiry

Authors

  • Rugayah Hashim Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4807-9024
  • Zaidi Mohd Aminuddin Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Selangor, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Ayu Rohaidah Ghazali Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Selangor, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Norfadzilah Abd Razak Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Selangor, Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v4i12.1748

Keywords:

Elderly welfare, Geriatrics, Neglect, Elderly Abuse

Abstract

As the elderly population increases in Malaysia, media-reported spates on elderly abuse and neglect formed the motivation for the study. The objectives of this paper are to showcase the findings on elderly welfare and neglect via two-phase, qualitative design inquiry. The findings revealed that home-cared elderly parents reported a steady quality of life with isolated incidences of neglect. Culture, tradition, and religion play essential roles in elderly care and emotional well-being. Implications from the study evidenced the importance of elderly welfare for societal inclusion and quality of life. Gazetting new policies on elderly welfare are recommended.

Keywords: Elderly welfare; Geriatrics; Neglect; Elderly Abuse

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2019. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v4i12.1748

Author Biography

Rugayah Hashim, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Cawangan Selangor

Professor of Digital Government. Other areas of research interests include policy studies, social robotics and built environment.

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Published

2019-12-31

How to Cite

Hashim, R., Mohd Aminuddin, Z., Ghazali, A. R., & Abd Razak, N. (2019). Elderly Welfare and Quality of Life: A qualitative inquiry. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 4(12), 109-113. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v4i12.1748

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