How should Malaysia respond to its ageing society?

Med J Malaysia. 2009 Mar;64(1):46-50.


As Malaysia ages its health and social care systems will have to adapt to a changing pattern of disease and dependency. Improved public health measures extend life expectancy at the relative expense of increased prevalence of currently incurable conditions such as dementia and Parkinson's disease. In this article we discuss how these demographic changes will impact and suggest possible means of coping with the altered epidemiology of disease and disability. Malaysia will need to swiftly develop sufficient expertise in acute Geriatric Medicine, rehabilitation of older people; the management of long-term conditions in older people with multiple complex problems within Primary Care; as well as an infrastructure for home and institutional care.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Female
  • Health Services for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Malaysia
  • Male
  • Middle Aged