Active ageing awareness and quality of life among pre-elder Malaysian public employees

Bahuri, Nor Hana Ahmad and Rizal, Hussein and Said, Mas Ayu and Myint, Phyo Kyaw and Su, Tin Tin (2022) Active ageing awareness and quality of life among pre-elder Malaysian public employees. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (15). ISSN 1660-4601, DOI

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Increasing life expectancy has led to a global rise in late-life diseases. Quality of Life (QOL) is important for healthy life expectancy. The active ageing framework serves as a guide for policymakers to design policies that enhance the QOL of older people. This study aims to determine the association between awareness of active ageing and QOL. The Malay version of the 26-item WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire was utilised along with the 14-item Active Ageing Awareness Questionnaire (AAAQ). A total of 532 participants had a mean (SD) age of 50.2 (5.9), were largely ethnic Malay (96.2%), female (52.8%), and comprised largely of low-income households (65.4%). The median (IQR) AAAQ score was 71.4 (19.1). The hierarchical multiple regression analysis revealed significant positive association between AAAQ and the QOL domains of physical (beta = 0.154, p < 0.001), psychological (beta = 0.196, p < 0.001), social relationship (beta = 0.175, p < 0.001), and environment (beta = 0.145, p < 0.001) after adjusting for all covariates. Awareness of active ageing was found to have a positive effect on all domains of QOL among pre-elder employees, and thus, we recommend that policies to improve active ageing awareness should be implemented for healthy life expectancy in ageing populations.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Higher Education via the Long Term Research Grant LRGS/1/2016/UKM/02/1/2 (LGRS, (LRGS) MRUN/F1/01/2019), Postgraduate Research Grant-Research PG146-2015B
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active ageing; Elderly; Low-income; Malaysia; Older adults; Quality of life
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Social & Preventive Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2023 13:36
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2023 13:36

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