Silence Amongst the Elderly in Malaysia: ICT and the Elderly

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The elderly in Malaysia have not played a major role in the society. This is due to fact that the boom of ICT has made them felt insecure and decreased in level of confidence. Communication has gone down due to small gadgets like the mobile phones to computer. This study investigates the pattern in using ICT amongst the elderly in Malaysia. 60 elderly from two states in Malaysia participated in this study. A set of questionnaire was given to the elderly where the pattern of using the ICT would be found. This study too, investigates the language use while using the ICT. The words or phrases used were identified and listed and therefore helped with the set up of a module for the elderly in using the ICT. Interview sessions were carried out to find out the number and balance of interaction while using the ICT. The model used for the nature and balance of interaction was from Normaliza Abd Rahim (2005). It is found that the elderly have high interactions while using ICT. It is hoped that this study will help all the elderly in the world in using the ICT to communicate with the world.


Keywords: Information Communication Technology, Elderly
Stream: Language, Linguistics , Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Silence and the Elderly in Malaysia,


Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan

Tutor, Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms Siti Nur Aliaa is a tutor at the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her expertise is on Geomatic Engineering.

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Sr Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan

Dean, Lecturer, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr Ibrahim Salleh is a dean at Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication. He teaches Malay language grammar and his expertise covers research methodology in Malay language.

Ref: H08P0061