Title

Empowerment among older consumers in Malaysia

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Hallym International Journal of Aging

Publication Date

1-1-2009

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

135

Last Page

154

Keywords

Empowerment, Malaysia, Older consumers, Silver market

Abstract

Older people as consumers have tended to be a neglected market segment with needs assumed to be the same as other age groups. However, it is increasingly clear that older people, as consumers of both goods and services, can have somewhat different specific requirements, for life-stage and lifestyle reasons. While some markets are becoming more age-segregated in Western economies, there has been little age differentiation in middle-income economies, especially with regard to older consumers. This study of 387 respondents aged 55+ in Peninsular Malaysia investigated three potential groups of older consumers: those who become upset and complain; those who become upset but do not complain; and those without any unhappy consumption-related experiences. Consumer purchasing knowledge, understanding of rights, and redress-seeking were examined in the context of empowerment. About one-third of respondents had not experienced any dissatisfaction. Of those who had experienced an unhappy episode, 72% had engaged in various responses to seek redress. They had a higher level of understanding of consumer matters compared with the other two groups. Contrary to assumed learned helplessness, many older adults here could be described as empowered from the perspective of consumer complaint behavior. This engagement could be a positive factor in active and successful ageing. As the "silver market" develops in countries such as Malaysia, such evidence-based information will become valuable for producers, consumers, and regulators.

DOI

10.2190/HA.11.2.d

Print ISSN

15356523

E-ISSN

15414485

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Recommended Citation

Ong, F. S., Laily, Paim, & Phillips, D. R. (2009). Empowerment among older consumers in Malaysia. Hallym International Journal of Aging, 11(2), 135-154. doi: 10.2190/HA.11.2.d