Understanding ageing: fear of chronic diseases later in life

Awang, Halimah and Mansor, Norma and Tey, Nai Peng and Nik Osman, Nik Ainoon (2018) Understanding ageing: fear of chronic diseases later in life. Journal of International Medical Research, 46 (1). pp. 175-184. ISSN 0300-0605, DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0300060517710857.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0300060517710857


Objectives: Ageing is often associated with deteriorating mental and physical health and the need for long-term care, creating a fear of ageing. We investigated what people fear most in terms of disabling chronic diseases and their concerns regarding having long-term illnesses. Methods: Data were obtained from an online survey of 518 respondents aged 40 years and older residing in Malaysia, which was based on a convenience sample collected in May 2015 to January 2016. Data were analyzed using chi-squared tests and multinomial logistic regression. Results: Of the most dreaded diseases, heart disease and cancer are life-threatening; however, dementia, diabetes, and hypertension persist and have a disabling effect for a long time. While there were variations in the diseases feared most across sex, ethnicity, and place of residence, the biggest worry for all respondents with regard to having a long-term illness was that they would become a burden to their family, a concern that superseded fear of dying. Conclusions: We found our survey respondents had a fear of chronic diseases and placing a burden on others. Thus, there is a need to provide motivation for people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, to remain healthy.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Social Security Research Centre (SSRC), University of Malaya
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ageing; fear; disabling diseases; burden to family; dying; multinomial logistic regression
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2019 07:45
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 07:45
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22424

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