Modeling Age-Friendly Environment, Active Aging, and Social Connectedness in an Emerging Asian Economy
All countries and societies around the world are facing the issue of having an increased ageing population. Undeniably, with this increase, comes many challenges and concerns. Malaysia is also going through the same scenario and it is expected that by 2030, 15% of its population will constitute of those age 60 and above. When we talk about ageing societies, we think about healthcare. There are lots of other issues that are related to an ageing society other than healthcare. This research looks other concerns by examining the associations between age- friendly environment, active aging, and social connectedness in addition to identifying the factors of aged-friendly features of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Malaysia. We have developed a model that integrates age-friendly features with active aging and social connectedness. Currently, this is a new attempt and is among the very few age-friendly environment studies.