'We want a peaceful life here and hereafter': healthy ageing perspectives of older Malays in Malaysia

Noorlaili Tohit, Colette Browning, Harriet Radermacher

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The aim of the study was to explore the conceptualisations of healthy ageing and perceived influences on ageing well amongst relatively healthy older Malays, a major ethnic group in Malaysia. Eight focus groups were conducted, with 38 participants recruited via community groups and leaders. Six themes were identified: spirituality, physical health and function, peace of mind, financial independence, family, and living environment. In this paper, we focus on the role of spirituality in healthy ageing which was a core resource in participants lives. Participants reported that good physical health was an important resource that facilitated commitment to their spiritual activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405 - 424
Number of pages20
JournalAgeing and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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