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Title: Aging in multi-ethnic Malaysia
Authors: Tey, Nai Peng
Siraj, Saedah Binti
Kamaruzzaman, Shahrul Bahyah Binti
Chin, Ai Vyrn
Tan, Maw Pin
Sinnappan, Glaret Shirley
Andre Matthias Mueller 
Keywords: Aging population
Ethnic groups
Older adults
European Continental Ancestry Group
Middle Aged
Population Dynamics
Socioeconomic Factors
Asian Continental Ancestry Group
Ethnic Groups
Health Policy
Health Services for the Aged
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2016
Publisher: Gerontological Society of America
Citation: Tey, Nai Peng, Siraj, Saedah Binti, Kamaruzzaman, Shahrul Bahyah Binti, Chin, Ai Vyrn, Tan, Maw Pin, Sinnappan, Glaret Shirley, Andre Matthias Mueller (2016-01-01). Aging in multi-ethnic Malaysia. Gerontologist 56 (4) : 603-609. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Multiethnic Malaysia provides a unique case study of divergence in population aging of different sociocultural subgroups within a country. Malaysia represents 3 major ethnicities in Asia-the Malay, Chinese, and Indian. The 3 ethnic groups are at different stages of population aging, as they have undergone demographic transition at different pace amidst rapid social and economic changes. Between 1991 and 2010, the Malaysian population aged 60 and over has more than doubled from about 1 million to 2.2 million, and this is projected to rise to about 7 million or 17.6% of the projected population of 40 million by 2040. In 2010, the aging index ranged from 22.8% among the Bumiputera (Malays and other indigenous groups), to 31.4% among the Indians and 55.0% among the Chinese. Population aging provides great challenges for Malaysia's social and economic development. The increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in older adults, coupled with the erosion of the traditional family support system has increased demands on health care services with an overwhelming need for multidisciplinary and specialized geriatric care. Following the adoption of the National Policy for the Elderly in 1995, issues of population aging have gained increasing attention, especially among researchers. There is an urgent need to increase public awareness, develop infrastructure, as well as support action oriented research that will directly translate to comprehensive and cohesive social strategies, policies, and legislation to protect not just the current older Malaysians but the future of all Malaysians.
Source Title: Gerontologist
ISSN: 00169013
DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnv153
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