The Celebration of National Elderly Day 2018
The commemoration of the National Elderly Day was celebrated in Yogyakarta on July 5, 2018, attended bythe Ministry of Social Affairs, Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture, local government units, stakeholders, andthousands of elderly including YEU and 20 representatives of the Intergenerational Groups (IGs). Yogyakarta is chosen as the host because the percentage of the Older People in Yogyakarta is the highest in Indonesia, not only that their life expectancy is also high which indicates that the older people live prosperously. Under titled "Prosper Elderly, Happy Society" the event showcased art performances, simulation of elderly disaster preparedness, and the submission of Academic Paper of the Amendment Law on Elderly Welfare by the Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Human Development and Culture to Commission VIII of the Indonesian House of Representative. The recent paper focuses on the paradigm shift of the role and position of the elderly as buffer in national development. It also highlights efforts to improve the protection and empowerment of the elderly and fulfill the rights of the elderly, review the age limit of the elderly, and to optimize the role of independent community organization in order to play an active role in improving the welfare of the elderly.
Outside the ceremony, the exhibition booths enlivened the commemoration event including YAKKUM Emergency Unit’s (YEU) booth that displayedproducts made by the elderly and Intergenerational Groups (IG) assisted by YEU in Sleman Sub-districts. In addition to local foods such as meniran (made of rice), bothok(steamed taro leaves), meatballs tofu, and traditional herbal drink, there are also pots made of coconut shells, rag mats, handmade brooches, and also massage to improve memory. Intergenerational Group development model aims to create a conducive and supportive environment for older people to carry out their roles and responsibilities in improving healthcare and income, as well as promoting local development. During her visit at the YEU’s booth, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani appreciated the activities of the Intergenerational Groups so that older people were more empowered. She encouraged the elderly to remain active in the community. In this event, the elderly also get free medical check-ups and assistive devices such as reading glasses, crutches, wheelchairs, etc.