INDONESIAN HEALTHY AGING: SEEING OUR READINESS TO REALIZE HEALTHY AGING IN TERMS OF THE EXISTING POLICIES

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Indana Tri Rahmawati

Abstract

Background: In 2017, the number of elderly in the Sidoarjo District reached 7.23% of the total 2 million people, and the elderly health service coverage decreased by 6.61%. However, enjoying a healthy life and being productive in old age is everyone's dream. This can be realized by providing health services for the elderly. This study aimed to find out the commitment support of the regional government for the elderly health services. 


Method: A qualitative interview-based survey to explore the commitment support from the regional government to the elderly health services in the Sidoarjo District. The key informants were the coordinator of the elderly health programme and volunteers. 


Results: Our findings showed three broad categories on the support of the regional government to the elderly health services – policy for the elderly, health services for the elderly, and cross-sector cooperation. Policy for the elderly is proven by the existence of the Regional Regulation number 4 of 2010 and Regent Regulation Number 57 of 2011 which regulates the welfare of the elderly. Health services for the elderly can be obtained at the Puskesmas by providing the elderly poly, geriatric poly at the hospital and the Posyandu for the elderly. The Sidoarjo District Health Office and other cross sectors actively establish the communication and coordination with the Elderly Regional Commander and the Gerontology Foundation to design innovative programmes for the elderly. 


Conclusion: The healthcare policies for the elderly in the Sidoarjo District can be improved so that it can become a reference for other regions in providing health services for the elderly.

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