International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Aging and Economic Participation of Older Population in Rural Malaysia
Wan Ibrahim Wan Ahmad, Zainab Ismail, Asyraf Hj. Ab. Rahman

One of the most significant demographic changes of the twenty first century is the aging of the world’s population. Population ageing or the increasing proportion of older population has become a challenge not only for developed countries but developing ones as well. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the participation of the older population in rural Malaysia in the economic activities. This paper also seek to analyze reasons why some of the older population in the area do not want to continue working. The design used in this study was a combination of the sociological method of face-to-face interviews, and the anthropological method of participant-observation. Results show that nearly half of the respondents still involve in economic activities whilst majority of them do not work because they feel no strong desire for working and are not physically capable.

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