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Seychelles learns from Indonesia how to take care of elderly

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Bali   /   Fri, September 21 2018   /  12:54 am

The Seychelles, an archipelagic nation off the coast of East Africa, plans to adopt Indonesia’s elderly development program to empower its own elders.

A Seychelles Health and Social Affairs Ministry 2016 document shows that the country’s senior population is projected to grow over the next few decades. The document states that the number of people aged 65 and older has more than tripled from just over 2,000 in 1960 to over 10,000 in 2010.

“In 2015, the number of older people stood at 10,900, or 11.25 percent of the population,” the document says. “The old age dependency ratio will triple from 11.2 in 2015 to 36 in 2050.”

The dependency ratio compares the number of people aged zero to 14 years old and those aged 65 and older, also know as dependents, to those aged 15 to 64, also known as the productive population.

Seychelles Family Affairs Minister...