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Brunei , 22 November 2010
7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development
Indonesian delegation:
Officials from the Coordinating Ministry of Peoples Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Women Empowerment, DNIKS, YEL

 

ASEAN member states agree the importance of caring the elderly
Source; The Brunei Times

As the seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting for Social Welfare and Development finished last weekend, member states agreed the welfare of senior citizens continued to be one of the main issues and concerns needing to be addressed.

In a significant move, the "Brunei Darussalam Declaration on Strengthening the Family Institutions: Caring for the Elderly People" was adopted by both the Seventh Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial meeting for Social Welfare and Development (7th AMMSWD) and third AMMSWD + 3 (Japan, Korea and China) member countries.

After two days of meetings, states agreed to take concerted efforts to promote the quality of life and well-being of the elderly, as well as to reduce the social risks faced by a generation of people who have contributed to the development of the region. They recognized the ageing population was a growing trend in the south-east Asian region, and exchanged views on strengthening the family institution to provide care for the elderly.

Ministers from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea attended and unanimously acknowledged it was the responsibility of governments to look after the elderly population by introducing financial and medical assistance schemes.

Brunei's Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah highlighted the common acknowledgement of the growth of the ageing population in member countries and the world and said the declaration's issuance was "very concrete and significant for the enhancement of the social development as well as welfare".

However, Pehin Dato Hj Hazair said filial piety was still an important value to possess, adding it was the responsibility of family members to look after their elderly.

"This has also been strongly supported by the Plus Three member countries, where we have recognized the importance of efforts to instill and to create greater awareness among the younger generation of their filial responsibility to their elderly."
Some of the items adopted in the declaration include to promote quality health care, support and social protection for the elderly, including preventive and rehabilitative health care, achieve secure, active and healthy ageing by reducing the incidence of poverty among the elderly and promote the awareness and ability of the younger generation to live a healthy lifestyle.

The countries were requested to begin measures to implement their commitment to elderly people, including providing more resources and annual reviews. They will also look into developing a social support system and encourage the development of education programs that enhance the ability of families and to care for the elderly while providing appropriate care and support.

The declaration will see countries working towards promoting quality of life for the elderly by creating conditions that will enhance their self-reliance and ability to remain economically active and achieve secure, active and healthy ageing by reducing the incidence of poverty among the elderly.

To further enhance their quality of life in terms of health, each ASEAN member government will continue to promote quality health care, support and social protection for the elderly including preventive and rehabilitative health care and provide support for capacity building for primary health providers, social workers, caregivers and volunteers in delivering care for the elderly.

Also recognized were the social impacts of the growing trend of ageing populations, as life expectancies rise steadily and the need to address the challenges in providing adequate care and support for the elderly becomes more important.

"The care of the elderly is an ongoing thing, and there will be no final stage in overcoming the problem, as there are always new things that need to be introduced. Through these meetings we can share all the best practices and experiences of other countries in how we can further enhance and improve the standard of care for the elderly in our respective countries," said Pehin Dato Hj Hazair.
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 Asean Member States Committed To Safeguard Welfare Of The Elderly

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 November 2010 09:53
Written by Siti Hajar Saturday, 27 November 2010 08:02

Bandar Seri Begawan - As the 7th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development came to a close yesterday, it has been agreed among Asean member states that the welfare of senior citizens will continue to be one of the main agendas that needs addressing and will be done with the objective towards ensuring and maintaining a well-deserved livelihood.

In a historically significant move made in Brunei Darussalam, the country's declaration on Strengthening Family Institution: Caring for the Elderly has been adopted by all Asean member states after a two-day deliberation in which they have agreed to take concerted efforts to promote the quality of life and well-being of the elderly, as well as to reduce the social risks faced by the generation that has contributed significantly to the development of the region.

Requested to, undertake measures to implement this commitment, including mobilising appropriate resources and annual review of implementation, the countries will now look into developing a social support system and encourage the development of education programmes towards enhancing the ability of families and to care for the elderly whilst also providing appropriate care and support including community volunteer approach and other forms of alternative family and community care arrangements for the elderly.
The declaration will also see countries working towards promoting the quality of life of the elderly by creating conditions that will enhance their self-reliance and ability to remain economically active and achieve a secure, active and healthy ageing by reducing the incidence of poverty among the elderly.

Senior citizens will be provided with, in the near future, life-long opportunities for individual development, self-fulfilment and well-being through means such as access to welfare and social services, resources, skills training, lifelong learning and participation in the community.

To further enhance their quality of life in terms of health, each Asean member government will continue to promote quality health care, support and social protection for the elderly including preventive and rehabilitative health care and provide the support for capacity building for primary health providers, social workers, caregivers and volunteers in delivering care for the elderly.

Asean cooperation will also venture into and conduct, as well as exchange researches and studies in gerontology and geriatrics whilst also strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration with relevant Asean bodies and promote closer partnerships with the civil society, private sector, older persons' associations and the elderly themselves towards promoting the well-being of the elderly.

The younger generation, meanwhile, is also focussed upon in this declaration as member countries will also promote the awareness and ability of the younger generation to live a healthy lifestyle, nurture a life course approach to growing older and respond to the issues related to ageing.

The Asean members, during the meeting that was held at the Empire Hotel and Country Club, also reaffirmed their commitment to support the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on the Road Map for the Asean Community (2009-2015) particularly to promote a people-oriented Asean in which the welfare and development of the people of Asean, including the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, are safeguarded.

They have also reiterated the purposes of Asean as set out in the Asean Charter, in particular, to enhance the well-being and livelihood of the people of Asean by providing them with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice as encouraged by the progress of implementation of the Strategic Framework and Plan of Action for Social Welfare, Family and Children (2007-2010), which contributes to the building of a caring and sharing Asean Community by 2015.

What has also been recognised is the fact that the social impacts of the growing trend of ageing population as life expectancies are rising steadily and the need to address the challenges in providing adequate care and support for the elderly who are in need of social assistance whilst stressing the importance of cooperation among Asean member states to provide care and support, as well as to promote the quality of life and well-being of the elderly.

And, last but not least, they have also acknowledged the importance of the roles of family as it is the basic unit of society, communities, civil society, private sector and governments, as well as the importance of inter-generational interdependence and solidarity in promoting active, self-care and healthy elderly.

Brunei Darussalam's Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, in a press conference said the declaration's issuance is "very concrete and significant for the enhancement of the social development as well as welfare" not only for Asean but for Brunei as well.

Though acknowledging that the government plays a role in caring for the elderly through financial and medical schemes and assistance, "the society still plays a very important role as it is part of the Asean heritage", and reiterated that "filial piety is still the responsibility of the community in looking after the aged members of the family".

Overall, the minister commented that the meetings, including the 3rd Asean Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development +3 was "very successful and productive". -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

 

 

 

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM DECLARATION ON STRENGTHENING FAMILY INSTITUTION: CARING FOR THE ELDERLY

WE, the Ministers responsible for social welfare and development of ASEAN Member States, on the occasion of the Seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting for Social Welfare and Development (7th AMMSWD);

REAFFIRMING our commitment to support the Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on the Road map for the ASEAN Community (2009-2015), in particular to promote a people-oriented ASEAN in which the welfare and development of the peoples of ASEAN, including the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, are safeguarded;

REITERATING the purposes of ASEAN as set out on the ASEAN Charter in particular to enhance the well-being and livelihood of the peoples of ASEAN by providing them with equitable access to opportunities for human development, social welfare and justice;

ENCOURAGED by the progress of implementation of the Strategic Framework and Plan of Action for Social Welfare, Family and Children (2007-2010) which contributes to the building of a caring and sharing ASEAN Community by 2015;

RECOGNISING the social impacts of the growing trend of ageing populations as life expectancies are rising steadily and the need to address the challenges in providing adequate care and support for the elderly who are in need of social assistance;

STRESSING the importance of cooperation among ASEAN Member States to provide care and support as well as to promote the quality of life and well-being of the elderly;

ACKNOWLEDGING the important role of family, being the basic unit of society, communities, civil society, private sector and governments as well as the importance of inter-generational interdependence and solidarity in promoting active, self-care and healthy elderly;

DO HEREBY:
AGREE to take concerted efforts to promote the quality of life and well-being of the elderly as well as to reduce the social risks faced by the elderly, as follows:

a)

Develop social support system and encourage the development of education programme to enhance the ability of families to take care of the elderly;

b)

Provide appropriate care and support, including community volunteer approach and other forms of alternative family and community care arrangements, to the elderly;

c)

Promote the quality of life of the elderly by creating conditions that enhance their self reliance and ability to remain economically active;

d)

Provide life-long opportunities for individual development, self-fulfilment and wellbeing through, for examples, access to welfare and social services, resources, skills training, lifelong learning and participation in the community;

e)

Achieve secure, active and healthy ageing by reducing the incidence of poverty among the elderly;

f)

Promote quality health care, support and social protection for the elderly, including preventive and rehabilitative health care;

g)

Support capacity building of primary health providers, social workers, caregivers, and volunteers in delivering care of the elderly;

h)

Promote the awareness and ability of the younger generation to live a healthy lifestyle, nurture a life course approach to growing older and respond to the issues relating to ageing;

i)

Facilitate the conduct and exchange of researches and studies in gerontology and geriatrics; and

j)

Strengthen inter-sectoral collaboration with the relevant ASEAN bodies and promote closer partnerships with the civil society, private sector, older persons' associations and the elderly themselves, to promote the well-being of the elderly.


REQUEST the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (SOMSWD) to undertake measures to implement this commitment, including mobilising appropriate resources and annual review of the implementation.
Adopted in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, this Twenty-fifth of November in the Year Two Thousand and Ten.

 

 

 

Workshop Hasil Review Program Home Care
(10 November 2009)

Departement Sosial R.I.

 

Director Generasl DR. Makmur Sunusi, P.hD

opened the Home Care Review Program

10 NOVEMBER 2009

 

Workshop Hasil Review Program Home Care

10/11/2009

"Masyarakat Peduli, Lanjut Usia Terlindung"

Workshop hasil Review Program Home Care merupakan kerjasama antara Departemen Sosial c.q Direktorat Jenderal Pelayanan dan Rehabilitasi Sosial (Direktorat LU) dan Yayasan Emong Lansia (YEL) berlangsung pada hari ini (10/11) 2009, di Gedung Aneka Bhakti, dibuka oleh Dirjen Yanrehsos, DR. Makmur Sunusi, P.hD , dihadiri berbagai elemen pemerhati Lansia sebanyak 120 orang dari berbagai Yayasan, Orsos, LSM, Komnas LU, Perwakilan Depkes, para pejabat Eselon II dan III dilingkungan Ditjen Yanrehsos, dan special star Lela Sari artis ibu kota yang tetap produktif diusia yang sudah diatas 70 tahun lebih.

Dirjen Yanrehsos DR. Makmur Sunusi, P.hD mengatakan bahwa “ Indonesia dinyatakan sebagai Success story diantara 10 negara dikawasan ASEAN karena pada tahun 2006 pemerintah Indonesia melalui Departemen Sosial telah mengangkat program home care sebagai program Nasional melalui keputusan Menteri Sosial Nomor 67/HUK/2006, Hal tersebut merupakan konteks review uji coba yang telah dilakukan di tiga propinsi dan untuk tahun 2010 akan menambah 10 propinsi sebagai bahan inplementasi untuk mensosialisasikan program.

Makmur menambahkan sering dikatakan alternative Care adalah konteks yang berdasarkan institusi, kita mengharapakan nantinya ada produk atau output yang bisa kita harapkan dari kelanjutan program yang sudah kita lakukan selama ini, kita tetap harus mencoba konsep-konsep baru sebagai sesuatu yang patologi karena banyaknya persoalan-persoalan seperti degradasi, penurunan potensi, terjadinya asimilasi, isolasi yang sifatnya kultur.

Lebih lanjut Dirjen mengatakan “semoga kita tidak mengikuti pola konteks negara-negara maju, karena semua persoalan dan konteks berawal dari sebuah sistem, karena itu merupakan tanggung jawab pemerintah dan masyrakat dalam memberikan pelayanan kepada para lansia”.

Acara tersebut merupakan program lanjutan dalam penanganan Lanjut Usia diluar Panti, home care sebuah alternatif pelayanan diluar panti dan bentuk kepedulian atau perawatan yang diberikan dirumah kepada para lanjut usia (lansia) keberadaannyaq sangat diperlukan di Indonesia yang bertujuan untuk memelihara kondisi kesehtan fisisk mental dan sosial lanjut usia, mengkondisikan partisipasi aktif keluarga, masyarakat dan upaya peningkatan kesehjahteraan para lansia.

Rentan dirumah oleh keluaraga maupun masyarakat dan memberikan kesempatan bagi para lanjut usia untuk tetap tinggal didalam lingkungannya sendiri bukan dalam panti selama mungkin, jumlah penduduk lanjut usia di Indonesia saat ini sudah berjumlah 19 Juta dan diantaranya 1,6 juta adalah lanjut usia miskin dan terlantar.

Konteks penanganan lanjut usia sebelumnya hanya mengandalkan hanya melalui panti-panti sosial lanjut usia atau PSTW dengan jumlah yang sangat terbatas yaitu 278 buah, karena banyaknya kendala yang dihadapi didalam panti seperti faktor biaya, perawatan, sarana dan prasarana, dan keterbatasannya kapasitas penampungan maka dari itu pemerintah berupaya menjalankan berbagai program diantaranya program Home Care dan JSLU.

Dengan besarnya jumlah lanjut usia yang tidak terlayani dalam panti maka diperlukan sistem lain sebagai program terobosan untuk mengatasi masalah tersebut, salah satunya yang saat ini dijalankan dalah Pelayanan sosial yang berbasis keluarga.

Dirjen mengharapkan “ dengan adanya kegiatan workshop ini dapat bermanfaat bagi kita semua dalam meningkatkan wawasan, pengetahuan dan pemahaman dibidang pendampingan dan perawatan lanjut usia, dengan adanya model pelayanan ini bisa kita terapkan dan kembangkan dimasyarakat luas dalam rangka meningkatkan kepedulian kita terhadap para lanjut usia “. (Tira/C-9)