The Elderly of Indonesia: Current Policy and Programmes

Abikusno, Nugroho (2005) The Elderly of Indonesia: Current Policy and Programmes. Bold : quarterly journal of the International Institute on Aging (United Nations - Malta), 15 (2). pp. 18-22. ISSN 1016-5177

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Objectives: To inform related stakeholders on current policy and programme development for the older population in Indonesia. Method: Compilation of various primary and secondary data on policy and programme development. Results: Older persons are defined as those men or women of age 60 years and above. The current life expectancy for the Indonesian populatoin is 68 years. It will be the same number as the under five years population in the next decade and double its current number in the next two decades. Highlights in policy on older persons are (1) The enactment of Law 13 in 1998 on Older Persons Welfare; (2)National Plan of Action for Older Person Welfare Guidelines in 2003; and (3)Presidential Decree on the formation of the National Regional Commissions on Ageing in 2004. Presently, older persons programme development is focused on community-based home care and older person empowerment in the rural areas. The main focus of these programmes is on poor and neglected older persons; the majority are older females. The pilot study is being conducted by an older person NGO, Yayasan Emong Lansia, in cooperation with various government and non-government stakeholders both national and international with funding from the Republic of Korea through ASEAN. This project has cooperated with the National Training Centre on Ageing that has trained 40 volunteers as home helpers or home companions of 40 poor neglected older persons living in the community of Tegal Alur sub-district, west Jakarta. These older persons, were selected from 400 living in this community. Volunteers were trained from community social workers, women groups, and youth Red Cross members. The training was a 4-day course followed by fieldwork, and their main tasks were to provide older personswith companionship, personal care, house services, personal activities, and referral services. Another main programme was Older Person Empowerment coordinated by the Coordinating Minister’s office for People Welfare. A pilot study was conducted in Jakarta that covered a substantial number of older persons in Indonesia and had developed community-based progammes at the grass-roots level. The main function of these older person groups was providing services in health, socialization, supplementary feeding, exercise, and economic productive activities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Undergraduate Program in Medicine
Depositing User: FK Usakti
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2017 10:25

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