Over time, every human being will conquer the age cycle, from toddlers to the elderly where in this cycle, most senior citizens begin to retire and reduce many activities. In Indonesia, many companies apply pensions for their employees from the age of 55. This is quite dangerous for retirees if after retirement they do not work anymore or do not have any activities. The impact of lack of activity tends to make retirees experience depression and feel lonely. A circumstance like this will ultimately decrease their physical and mental condition.
The more elderly groups experience this leads to higher health costs. On the other hand, it makes the economic responsibility of the productive age will be higher. To overcome this, we need a program that is able to empower the elderly so that they can continue their activities and socialize well. Happy elderly people who have a good social life can help a country’s growth. This situation can be achieved by educating the public to foster awareness of the importance of enriching the older generation or retirement age. The Ubaya FBE Postgraduate Leadership Club held a seminar to address this issue on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 18:30 in the Ubaya FBE Postgraduate auditorium.
The speaker of the seminar was Prof. Jenn-Jaw-Soong from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Prof. Soong enlightened that the demographics in ASEAN countries are currently in good condition, in which around 60% of the Indonesian population is productive age. However, in the next 20 years, the demographic bonus in Indonesia, if it is not managed properly, will be a significant problem affecting its economic stability in Indonesia
Prof. Soong is delivering his thought
Prof. Soong stated that there are at least three things that must be considered and can be done to empower the elderly community. The first is providing occupation that is not so influenced by age. Second, education for children in order to provide education to the elderly in terms of technology that continues to advance. Third, how the government should be able to motivate the elderly community to involve and remain active in their daily work and as part of the community itself.