Institute of Gerontology aims to build up its research infrastructure and physical set-up of the Laboratories. The research topics reflect the diverse background of the researchers associated with the Institute of Gerontology. At present, most of the projects employ nationwid surveys that are complemented with additional focus group or expert ppanel discussions. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are in extensive use at the Institute. Embedded within some of the projects is the pioneering application of GIS-based technology in geo-spatial data analyses for social sciences. The Institute of Gerontology has also explored new data collection strategies using portable hand-held devices (PDAs) to minimize fieldwork load, paper use and data transfer errors. Other than exploting new means of data capture (ScnPro), the Institute staff is trained in the use of many analytical as well software, package and presentation tools such as the SPSS, NVivo, DevInfo, ManneQuin Pro, and GeoMedia.
In the coming years, the Institute will continue to improve its research capacity, online database delivery system, network linkages and exploring new areas of study by seeking collaborative partnership with other local and international agencies or organizations to promote quality research. With the advent of population ageing, more data are needed to support policy development in various sectors. Hence, research conducted at the Institute must meet and fulfill the needs of our respective stakeholders. The Institute of Gerontology is committed to developing further into a premier research entity for gerontology and geriatrics in the region by the year 2020.
Researchers & Collaborators
Each research project is led by a designated project leader with the support of co-researchers and research associates. This enables the meeting of minds by researches from different fields of expertise in a multidisciplinary study. The Institute of Gerontology is proud to be associated with more than 55 researches, co-researchesrs and research associates from various faculties, institutes and centres in Universiti Putra Malaysiaas well as other public institutions of higher learning in the country, such as University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and Kolej Universiti Sains dan teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM). In addition, the Institute is also working closery with researchers, doctors, geriantricians and psychogeriatricians from the Ministry of Health, Institute for Medical Research(IMR), Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Hospital Kula Lumpur (HKL), Hospital Besar Seremban and Hospital Sultanah Aminah in various capacity.
Periodically, the Institute also invites or receives visit from distinguished local and foreign researchers for group consultative sessions, public lectures or workshops to enhance the research capacity of its staff.
Outreach and Advocacy
The Institute of Gerontology has been carrying out numerous activities and programs in order to promote the organization as a new entity and to extend our professional services to the community. The Institute adopted Kampung Kenanga - an urban village that has a high concentration of elderly population, as our social laboratory. In the sicial laboratory we conduct activities of mutual benefit such as free medical screening and checks-up, health programs and knowledge-based talks, lectures and forums. We also from partnerships with the campus association for university retirees - Persatuan Pesara UPM and conduct pre-retirement courses for the varsity staff. Outside the campus, the Institute of Gerontology develops linkages with NGOs such as the Gerontological Association of Malaysia (GEM), Desa Amal Jireh and Eagle's Nest, Kajang via joint activities and programs. In the course of our many research filedworks, the institute has also developed working relationship with various grassroot organizations (e.g. JKKK, district officer). The Institute also organizes learning visits to old folks homes, day centers and day care centers to learn about the institutionalized elderly and the types of programs offered for the elderly destitute or disabled. Official visits to other centers, both local and overseas, are well documented and followed-up for learning purposes.