Older Malaysians faced multifaceted challenges—financial, health, and social—during the pandemic. This has highlighted policies that will help governments in the future.
Older persons have vulnerabilities related to gender, family dynamics, financial and digital literacy, access to labor markets and long-term care. Policymakers should support the region’s growing elderly population to achieve healthier and more productive lives.
While the pandemic has affected the entire population, it has had a disproportionate impact on the older generation that built this region’s prosperity. We owe it to older persons to pursue policies that help them to make it through the crisis healthy and happy.