SOCIAL SUPPORT AND NETWORKING OF ELDERLY POPULATION IN BATANG PADANG, PERAK
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.
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.
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.
It is necessary to say that health care professional, especially nurses, display a substantial role in the community to help people in this regard.