The issues pertaining to the elderly started to receive attention from
the society when it was highlighted via the media. Yes, it does
occur in our society. It is a fact that we have to accept. To many,
this is something that is very difficult to believe, the reason being
that the elders in our society, be it Malay, Chinese, Indian or other ethnics,
are highly respected. This was what been inculcated in our society for
generations. Unfortunately, unwanted s acts take place and we have to
put an end to such acts. What more, we are heading towards an ageing
nation by the year 2035. In order to ensure that we are able to obtain more
ideas and input regarding issues on the elderly and also to take a step
towards addressing the urgency of the matter, a seminar was convened in
November 2015 by Sub-GC 5 (Law), under the Prevent Elder Abuse and
Neglect Initiative (PEACE) Research Project, University of Malaya.
This book is based on the papers that were presented at the seminar.
These papers explored the issues concerning the elderly from the legal
and social perspective. In addition, a comparison was made between
the local spectrum and the international as well as the Islamic spectrum.
Further thereto, the seminar addressed the rights of vulnerable adults
and senior citizens as well as matters pertaining to finance, welfare,
maintenance as well as the characteristics of elder abuse and neglect. It
also included the discussion on the duties of family members, caregivers,
public authorities towards the elderly, apart from how elder abuse and
neglect can be prevented through collaborative efforts.
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