Ageing in place, an overview for the elderly in Malaysia

S. U.Mohd Tobi, M. S. Fathi, D. Amaratunga

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Population ageing is a worldwide phenomenon experienced by developed and developing countries. It occurs when the median age of a country rises and shifts the distribution of that country's population towards older ages. Malaysia is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of elderly people. Recent medical advances and improvements in hygiene and food supply have led to the people of Malaysia having a longer life expectancy. This paper comprehensively reviews articles and journals to discover the concepts, definitions and issues regarding the ageing population globally and in Malaysia, particularly looking at how elderly people can age in place. The concern over ageing is not just about the size of the old age population but, more importantly, about their health, welfare, care and living arrangements as well as the implications for infrastructure, housing, income and economic growth. The built environment plays a role in defining the conditions for people to live healthy lives, and older people require high-quality built environments that suit their needs across the whole life course - a building stock and infrastructure that supports independent living and enhances quality of life for the ageing population. Lifetime houses which fulfil the desires and vital requirement of most households whilst considering the changing essentials of households with elderly and aged people require careful consideration. This paper will review the key areas of housing for elderly people to support the concept of ageing in place as an independent living lifestyle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 2nd International Conference on Applied Science and Technology 2017
Subtitle of host publication(ICAST’17)
EditorsFaizatul Akmar Abdul Nifa, Chong Khai Lin, Azham Hussain
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780735415737
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2nd International Conference on Applied Science and Technology 2017 - Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Duration: 3 Apr 20175 Apr 2017
Conference number: 2 (Link to Conference Information)


Conference2nd International Conference on Applied Science and Technology 2017
Abbreviated titleICAST 2017
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