BANDUNG-Vice Governor of West Java who is also Chairman of the Regional Commission of Elderly (Komda Lansia) West Java Deddy Mizwar (Demiz) said the percentage of elderly in Indonesia is increasing. Based on data from BPS in 2015, the percentage of elderly people in Indonesia is 8.5 percent of the total population, while in 1980 only 3.3 percent.
Furthermore, Demiz states, by 2020, the Elderly is projected to reach 10 percent of the total population of Indonesia, and continues to increase to 15.8 percent by 2035. This is not much different from the conditions in West Java, where in 1980 the percentage of Elderly still 3.0 percent, but by 2015 it has reached 8.1 percent, and by 2035 is expected to reach 16 percent.
To that end, the Regional Commission of West Java in collaboration with the School of Social Welfare (STKS) Bandung, make the Guidebook for the Development of Elderly Area. As well as studying Wahana Sejahtera with the Swastivarna Foundation in West Java Province.
"In line with the philosophy of Nyaah Kolot, I invite let us strengthen the commitment and mutual assistance in empowering the potential of the elderly in West Java so that the elderly can live a life of dignity, self-reliance and prosperity and can carry out its social function to take an active role in social life and state, "said Demiz.
"We are also grateful that West Java has a lot of elderly population who are still working, the number reaches 1.53 million more or about 8.17 percent of the population aged 15 years and above who work," said Demiz when opening the Meeting of Commission Coordination of the Regional Elderly (Komda Elderly) West Java at the Soehoed Warnean Bappeda Convention Room of West Java Province, Tuesday (5/12/17).
Demiz said that for the Elderly who is still potential, there are efforts to improve social welfare. Includes: religious and mental spiritual services; health services; employment services; education and training services; services to facilitate the use of facilities, facilities and public infrastructure; providing convenience in services and legal assistance; as well as social assistance.