phat 21(28): e2

Research Article

An Empirical Study on Challenges Faced by the Elderly in Care Centres

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.11-6-2021.170231,
        author={Jie Li and Wei Wei Goh and NZ Jhanjhi and Filzah Binti Md Isa and Sumathi Balakrishnan},
        title={An Empirical Study on Challenges Faced by the Elderly in Care Centres},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Pervasive Health and Technology},
        volume={7},
        number={28},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={PHAT},
        year={2021},
        month={6},
        keywords={elderly, challenges, Quality of Life, Activities of Daily Living, technology adoption, chronic degeneration},
        doi={10.4108/eai.11-6-2021.170231}
    }
    
  • Jie Li
    Wei Wei Goh
    NZ Jhanjhi
    Filzah Binti Md Isa
    Sumathi Balakrishnan
    Year: 2021
    An Empirical Study on Challenges Faced by the Elderly in Care Centres
    PHAT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.11-6-2021.170231
Jie Li1,*, Wei Wei Goh1, NZ Jhanjhi1, Filzah Binti Md Isa2, Sumathi Balakrishnan1
  • 1: School of Computing and IT, Taylor’s University, No.1, Jalan Taylor’s, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 47500
  • 2: School of Management and Marketing, Taylor’s University, No.1, Jalan Taylor’s, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 47500
*Contact email: lijiesat@hotmail.com

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The fact of our lives is that we will be reaching to elderly life stage sooner or later. Our elderly community has been left far behind of new technology updates. Technology advances just as age is catching up on us. To many who are in their twilight years, using cutting edge technologies may be a hurdle in their activities of daily living (ADLs).

OBJECTIVES: Therefore, this study aims to identify and measure the ADL challenges that the elderly encounter and improve their quality of life (QoL).

METHODS: This research embarked on semi-structured interviews at 9 geriatric care centres in Malaysia to investigate the ADL challenges by the elderly residents. The thematic analysis approach was employed for data analysis and further discussion.

RESULTS: The research findings suggested that the QoL of the elderly is limited by the challenges of geriatric issues, poor living conditions, and technology acceptance barriers.

CONCLUSION: In conclusion, the current research provides an overview of the ADL challenges faced by the elderly with recommendations of user-centred Internet of Things (IoT) devices for elderly to use in an ambient assisted living (AAL) environment in Society 5.0.