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Jakarta Post

With sports, music and friends, Jakartans embrace old age

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 17, 2019   /  06:56 am
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The elderly population in Jakarta has increased significantly throughout the years. In 2018, Jakarta residents aged 60 up to 119 numbered 869,684 people, up from 805,121 in the previous year.(Shutterstock/File)

In densely populated Duri Pulo in Gambir, Central Jakarta, a group of seniors have formed an angklung community to study and preserve the traditional bamboo musical instrument. Christin Ristanto, 63, said that the community was started in 2006 with more than 20 members, all female and mostly aged above 70. Some of them have become incapacitated or died throughout the years leaving only 12 active members today. “It started with some of us in Posyandu [Integrated Health Post for Elders] Lansia thinking it would be nice to have a community that could help us remain active as it happened that one of the grannies here, Sandra, was good at playing music,” said Christin, who is the youngest member in the group. “Aside from helping us to keep in touch with friends, this activity prevented our loss of mental faculties and even tau...