Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Growing old at own home: A study among pre-elderly adults in Peninsular Malaysia
Issue: Vol. 12, No 1, 2019
Published date: 03-2019 (print) / 03-2019 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Shamzaeffa Samsudin
Universiti Utara Malaysia

Norehan Abdullah
Universiti Utara Malaysia

Nur Syakiran Akmal Ismail
Universiti Utara Malaysia

Kalthun Hassan
Universiti Utara Malaysia

Ummu Atiyah Ahmad
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Keywords: Living arrangement, ageing population, pre-elderly adults
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2019/12-1/6
Index PUBMS: b653d4e5-5d48-11e9-8b68-fa163e6feac6
Language: English
Pages: 115-124 (10)
JEL classification: J14
Website: https://www.economics-sociology.eu/?644,en_growing-old-at-own-home-a-study-among-pre-elderly-adults-in-peninsular-malaysia
Licenses:
We are grateful for the financial support from Universiti Utara Malaysia (PBIT: S/O Code: 12312) and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia for the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS: S/O code: 13063).
Abstract

The study of changes and choices of living arrangements among older persons has been a key element of demography and sociology of the family. While many studies focus on the elderly respondents in understanding this matter, our aim is to seek answers from the pre-elderly adults concerning their preferred old-age living arrangements and analyse the factors affecting the choice. A multistage sampling technique was used in selecting the respondents aged 40 to 59 years from Peninsular Malaysia. The total of 1,153 respondents were interviewed face-to-face using a structured questionnaire and it was found that 83.8% of the respondents prefer growing old in their own homes. From the probit model, it suggests that age and household size have negatively influenced the likelihood of the elderly to live in their own homes while being a male has the opposite effect. Those who are married or divorced, at work, earn more than RM15,000 a month and have formal education are more likely to prefer to grow old in their own homes as compared to other alternatives. Understand the choices of the pre-elderly groups are deemed vital for early intervention. A comprehensive support system is needed to endorse the popular choice of independent living at old age.

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