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Breaking the silence: ICT and the elderly in Malaysia


Abd Rahim, Normaliza and Zainon Hamzah, Zaitul Azma and Sheik Said, Normahdiah and Che Su, Norizan and Salleh, Che Ibrahim (2007) Breaking the silence: ICT and the elderly in Malaysia. In: 1st International Malaysian Educational Technology Convention (IMETC 2007), 2-5 Nov. 2007, Sofitel Palm Resort, Senai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. (pp. 43-46).

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In the developed world today technology plays an important role in helping people to live longer and lead better lives. The elderly who shy away from technology can expose themselves to the risks of becoming isolated and under stimulated. Most of the elderly population do not have a high degree of computer literacy, and are not so familiar with using computers. Hence, to enhance the quality of their lives, it is pertinent that our present ICT is designed to meet the needs of this population. With the emergence of ICT in Malaysia, the country is improving rapidly. Malaysia which was once mainly dependent on agriculture has moved its focus to manufacturing and information services. This has given employment opportunities to many Malaysians, and increased not only the diversity of the work force, but also the quality of their life. This does not mean, however, that the country has ignored the agriculture sector. Rather, with ICT, we are able to grow better crops and produce greater yields. As weather changes are monitored, damages due to rains and floods are minimized. Although ICT has also brought some new problems, overall, it has increased the quality of Malaysian’s lives. Here, the elderly will not be neglected and hence we do hope that ICT would continue to bring greater benefits to the Malaysians, in the future.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Malaysian Educational Technology Association
Keywords: ICT; Elderly
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 11:50
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 11:50
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