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Elderly and Dementia – How Everyone Could Involve and Give a Hand

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We will be old and grey. Our back will be in constant pain. Our vision shall turn dim. We will find it hard to recall a memory. We are going to be tired. That is it, that is the fact that we will face when we are not young anymore. Some people are not going to have signs of elderly we mentioned above, but it is sad, sometimes we are not that some people. 

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Intergenerational Talk: Don’t Be afraid to Dream

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Act Global team was honored to meet Mrs. Lidia and had a talk with her for the CSII project. The purpose of this intergenerational interview is to share life experiences and how we as youth can learn from the seniors.

Mrs. Lidia is 42 years old. She was born in Jakarta and lived in Depok. She dreamed of traveling the world when she was in secondary school. When she was 18 years old, she went overseas for the first time to Singapore as a trainee on a cruise. After that, she came back to Indonesia, then worked in Australia. During her transit in Bali, she dreamed of living in Bali one day and now she has been living in Bali for more than 10 years. She is a writer, business coach, and personal mentor. And has achieved her dreams by traveling to 50 countries now. And on her child’s birthday, she always takes her to a new country.

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Living Senior Life Productively

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According to Statistics Indonesia, the number of elderly people in Indonesia is expected to increase by around 10 percent by 2020 and around 20 percent by 2024. As a person ages, they generally become less productive and experience a decline in or even a loss of income. This situation creates vulnerability to various risks and shocks, particularly of a socioeconomic nature. But in such conditions. Some people can overcome the struggle of the elderly.

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Dama Nara, a synergy between elderly and youth program.

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Modernization and development are determining a global increase in life expectancy. This trend may cause problems. Not only to countries’ governments (e.g. exploding pension budget, straining welfare system) but also to elderly themselves. One of such challenges is to keep up their psychological well-being, which is decreasing because of lacking social life and ways to contribute to an ever-changing society. Besides, this situation is due not to economic factors (e.g. income), but rather to a generalized mindset that can hinder seniors’ inclusion in society.

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