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Jakarta Post

Senior citizens deserve more attention

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 30 2011   /  08:00 am

Around 2,000 senior citizens gathered on Saturday to mark the celebration of the National Day for the Elderly by asking the government to pay more attention to the country’s aged population.

Hundreds of elderly in Bali are living in dire conditions and suffer from mental illness.

“What we need now is a senior center, where the elderly could lead an active life by participating in various activities. So far, the government only provides retirement housing,” noted psychiatrist Luh Ketut Suryani of the Wredha Sejahtera foundation said.

The foundation is one of a few organizations in Bali providing support and organizing regular gatherings for senior citizens.

“Scores of the island’s elderly are living in terrible conditions. As high as 22.5 percent of all suicide cases here are committed by senior citizens, which I believe reflects the level of frustra...