Quoted from The Star dated October 2, 2006:
“The elderly proportion in the country is expected to reach 3.4 million or 10% of the population by the end of 2020. This follows the improved life expectancy in Malaysia, which at the end of last year stood at the age of 71 for men and 76 for women.”
I was listening to the radio when the news come out about our government plan to construct a day care activity centre for the elderly, something like a nursery where working children would be able to send their parents during working hours, for the elderly to socialize with friends their age, do mentally and physically stimulating activities, and after working hours are over, the working children will then fetch the parents home.
Honestly I think its a great idea considering that in most of the developed countries this day care centre for elderly has been widely embraced and accepted. Check assisted living dallas on its segment on adult day care. The idea is good especially for the elderly parents who simply need companionship or supervision during part of the day.
But come to think of it, I wonder how well Malaysians elderly will accept this idea, especially with our Asian culture and beliefs. Well, just wait and see.