Caring for Older Persons in Penang

By Yeong Pey Jung

September 2022 COVER STORY
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THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) predicts that by 2050 the global population of those aged 60 years old and above will be approximately 2.1 billion, double of what it is today.An accelerated and sizeable ageing population is also an exigent issue for Malaysia. Figure 1 illustrates a projection of an approximate 2% increase every five years, where eventually, by 2040, those aged 60 and above would constitute 19.8% of the country’s total population.Penang’s ageing population is estimated to grow at...

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Yeong Pey Jung

is a senior analyst with the Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme at Penang Institute. She is a reading enthusiast and is surgically attached to her Kindle.