Becoming More Active as One Ages

By Chan Xin Ying

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SOUTHEAST ASIA HAS a longstanding tradition of filial piety, with duties of elderly care being shouldered and shared among younger family members. There is simultaneously a solidifying view of the elderly as “passive dependents”, apathetically ageing until the end of their lives. This gives rise to a two-fold issue of limiting their full participation in society, and places pressure on younger family members to fulfill their familial obligations, despite living independently from their ageing parents and grandparents.[1]Malaysia is set to...

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Chan Xin Ying

is advocate for family inclusiveness. She is currently working at the Family and Children’s Affairs Department of the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC).