Strengthening of Gov't-Public Synergy Needed to Ensure Rights of the Elderly

Saturday, 31-July-2021 15:00

Strengthening of Gov't-Public Synergy Needed to Ensure Rights of the Elderly
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Strengthening of Gov't-Public Synergy Needed to Ensure Rights of the Elderly

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini has encouraged all parties to create a friendly and comfortable environment for the elderly.

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, has also asked her staff to work to ensure the fulfillment of the rights of the elderly by strengthening the government-public synergy.

Following the direction of the Minister of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs has improved access for the elderly to social rehabilitation services provided by the government and the public.

"The government also provides therapy (physical, psychosocial and spiritual), invites families to support the elderly as loved ones, ensures the elderly get the services they need, and serves as a communication liaison between the elderly and the service team," said Director General of Social Rehabilitation Harry Hikmat in Jakarta (07/31/2021).

Harry encourages everyone, especially families and the surrounding environment to help each other and provide support and care for the elderly. Strong support is increasingly needed, in line with the growth of the elderly population.

The elderly population in Indonesia rose by 10% in 2020, based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Bappenas for Indonesian Population Projections for 2015-2035. "This number is likely to continue to increase by 16.5% by 2035, with the number of elderly women being more than men," he said.

As many as 44% of the elderly in Indonesia have comorbidities such as hypertension with the highest percentage of 63.5%, dental problems with 53.5%, and other diseases with a low percentage such as rheumatism, oral problems, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and malignant disease (cancer).

"Many Indonesian elderly want to be cared for by their spouses and children if they need treatment in the future. Therefore, families, especially spouses and children, need skills and abilities in caring for the elderly," Harry said at the International Webinar on Social Work Profession in Geriatric: Current Roles, Challenges and Emerging Trends.

There are several issues that need to be addressed to anticipate the increase in the number of elderly from year to year, namely increasing the quality and quantity of social service programs for the elderly, protecting the elderly from various risks of aging (illness, neglect, loneliness), Provision of certified Social Nurses (Caregiver), including social care for household members (children, grandchildren, siblings, housemaids) and increasing the role of the family in caring for the elderly.

In this context, the government assesses the importance of the contribution of social workers. Harry emphasized that there are several challenges faced by social workers in Indonesia in improving services to the elderly, such as skill levels related to family-based long-term care, the need for associations related to geriatric social workers as a medium for sharing experiences, and formulating competency standards for competency certification.

"In addition, it is also a challenge how they explain to other professions their role in long-term care and training of caregivers to ensure families have competence in providing services and care for the elderly at home," he said.

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