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Caring for the elderly

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Badung, Bali   /   Thu, April 7 2016   /  10:25 am

Meaningful life: I Gede Patra, the founder of Sada Jiwa, believes the elderly have much to share with younger generations.One facility for the aging is trying to change the image of typical panti jompo (elderly people’s homes), inviting senior citizens to half-day and full-day programs where they can make friends, develop hobbies and interact with children.Long life can be a great gift when elderly people are in good health and surrounded by family, but old age can also be lonely and confusing when illness strikes.

In many advanced countries, there are senior citizens’ clubs, dedicated aged care residences, visiting nurses and community support networks such as Meals on Wheels, which organizes volunteers to provide meals for seniors.

In most cities in the archipelago, the needs of the aged are usually left to families to address as the elderly want to stay close to thei...