The Importance of Aged-Care: A Discourse of Reviews for Indonesian Seniors Citizen
10 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 26, 2016
Elderly people have been growing in Indonesia and it should be mentioned by Government as they are part of Indonesian citizens. Indonesian population 15 years of age and over who are in labor force in August 2015 is 114 819 199 (BPS, 2016). Say, every year the population will be retired 5%, five-ten years later it might be around 5 millions old people need protection of aged-care as Indonesian life expectancy is 65-70 (BPS, 2016). So far, there are few places of aged-care. Folks think, old people should have been taken-care by family. In fact, many families are busy with their activities and seniors are lack of attentions. When they are able to do everything by themselves, there is no difficulty. However, there is something should do if they are getting more older and become disability.
Nowadays, Government doesn’t plan anything yet for the aged people. The each family of them should be aware more than government can do. However, as we have known, not everyone is a caretaker. Some people still think if they have children, they may raise them by themselves, but how about their parents? Many people are not ready to take care of their old parents, moreover they are the people with special needs and illnesses. There is an importance to take this responsibility. In Sweden, the government takes the responsibility of aged-care and seniors only pay 3 per cent of the total cost and the rest is government’s role, funded by taxes.
Therefore, there should be began to think about facilities for seniors in Indonesia, such as aged-care home, older people caretakers in Indonesia, as well as other countries have conducted, to serve old people as also Indonesian citizens who have right to be mentioned. The government can apply the similar method what has been applied in other countries.
Keywords: aged-care home, caretakers, Indonesian seniors
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