Ageing in Numbers


We look at the population data to identify Penang’s population trends, compared to that of the nation and to other states. The data also identifies “hotspots” for the elderly in Penang, with George Town and Butterworth being the two townships that host the most number of elderly citizens. We then look at the availability of public and private health care services in each district as well as the number of nursing homes and aged care facilities.

A deeper look into the data, however, reveals that there is a disproportionate geographical spread among the elderly. For one, there is a significantly higher number of elderly persons congregated in the north-east district, corresponding to the higher total population numbers in the same district.

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