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Calls mount for reactivation of commission for elderly as Indonesia’s population begins to age

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 11, 2019   /  10:18 am
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In 2019, elderly people, or those aged 60 years old and above, account for 9.7 percent of the population at 25.9 million, meaning that Indonesia has entered the ageing population phase, which begins when elderly people make up 7 percent or more of the population.(Shutterstock/BaanTaksinStudio)

As Indonesia enters the early stages of an ageing population, experts have called on the government to reactivate the dormant National Commission for the Elderly (Komnas Lansia) to better organize programs designed for the country's more than 25 million citizens aged 60 and above. The commission was established in 2004 by the government to ensure the welfare of the elderly but has reportedly been inactive since 2015 due to internal reasons. Tri Budi Wahyuni Raharjo, a professor at the University of Indonesia and advisor for the Elderly-Friendly Indonesia Foundation (IRL), said that ever since the commission went inactive, coordination and synchronization between the central government, local administrations and other stakeholders on programs for the elderly had become more difficult.  "The ministries are very sectoral and they have their own mai...