SOCIAL SUPPORT AND NETWORKING OF ELDERLY POPULATION IN BATANG PADANG, PERAK

  • RMA Raja Haron Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • LA Kamarudin PRIMAS MALAYSIA
  • K Mohamed Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • AH Mohd Hafiz Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • AR Tajudin Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • AI Rosidi Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • NA Abdullah Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • SM Yeap Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • HH Mustaffa Kamal Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • RK Abdul Wahab Khan Faculty of Education and Human Development, Sultan Idris Education University, MALAYSIA
  • R Sooryanarayana Institute for Public Health, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • NA Ahmad Institute for Public Health, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA

Abstract

INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVE
Social support and networking have been shown to be important determinants of the health of the elderly. With increasing elderly population in Malaysia, the assessment of their social support and networking is grave important. 


METHODOLOGY
In this cross-sectional study, 444 elderlies in Batang Padang district's FELDA; aged 60 years and above were interviewed using Duke Social Support Index (DSSI) tool. 


RESULTS
Almost 2 percent of them reported not to have any person that can be depend on or feel very close to. Thirty percent reported not communicating with anyone through phone for the past week. Almost 50 percent (46.2%) not joining any clubs or meeting for the past week. Despite that, more than 90% of the elderly satisfied with the relationship they had with their family and friends. This study was a step forward understanding the social support and networking status of the elderly in Malaysia. 


CONCLUSION
It is necessary to say that health care professional, especially nurses, display a substantial role in the community to help people in this regard.

Published
2019-06-21
How to Cite
RAJA HARON, RMA et al. SOCIAL SUPPORT AND NETWORKING OF ELDERLY POPULATION IN BATANG PADANG, PERAK. electronic - Perak Medical Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, june 2019. ISSN 2682-8596. Available at: <http://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/pmj/article/view/5977>. Date accessed: 18 aug. 2019.