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Empowering the elderly is important in dealing with an aging population: services

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Director of Productive Population and Elderly Health at the Ministry of Health, Nida Rohmawati, said that along with the increase in national life expectancy and the start of population aging, ensuring a healthy and productive elderly population is important.

“Based on the 2023 population census, the percentage of the elderly population is 11.75 percent (of the population), and this number is expected to increase to almost 20 percent of Indonesia’s total population in 2045,” said Rohmawati in a webinar entitled “Combating Ageism,” broadcast on here on Friday on the occasion of National Seniors Day 2024.

He noted that currently Indonesia has at least 28.9 million elderly people and is expected to exceed 50 million in 2045.

He said that the aging process can cause physical and mental decline in a person, putting them at risk of experiencing health problems, such as comorbidities and complications.

In addition, as demographics change and the number of elderly people increases, their access to basic resources for a better life becomes limited, thereby preventing them from participating in public activities, he added.

He emphasized that collaborative efforts are needed to overcome this problem in order to create elderly people who are independent, active and productive.

“At the global level, the UN is pursuing the ‘Decade of Healthy Aging 2021–2030’ as a key strategy to foster societies of all ages,” he said.

This global initiative forces governments, society, international institutions, professionals, scholars, media and the private sector to improve the quality of life of the elderly and their families and communities.

Rohmawati said this initiative outlines four actions, the first is to combat ageism, which includes thoughts and actions towards society based on perceptions of age.

Second, creating an elderly-friendly environment, third, integrated care for the elderly, and fourth, long-term care for the elderly, he added.

He said that Indonesia had attempted a third action, for example by initiating a Simple Health Examination for the Elderly (SKILAS).

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Reporter: Mecca Yumna Ning Prisie
Editor: Tia Mutiasari
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