Payakumbuh is an Example of the Elderly-Friendly City Program

Wednesday, 31/05/2017Kota Pakayambuh

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The results of the study and socialization of the "Comparative Study on the Progress of the Elderly-Friendly City of Mataram" was presented to institutions and stakeholders in the Payakumbuh City Government on Monday, May 22, 2017.

SurveyMETER conducted an independent study to see the progress of the Elderly-Friendly City Policy in Payakumbuh. It is intended to obtain an objective picture of the development of elderly-friendly city policies after the 2013 Elderly-Friendly City Assessment Study was carried out then followed up with and disseminated the results from 2013 to the end of 2016.

The field data collection was carried out from May 22 to 26, 2017. It commenced with the socialization action at the Bappeda Meeting Room to the institutions and stakeholders of the elderly in the Payakumbuh City Government on Monday, May 22, 2017. The socialization then followed up by in-depth interviews was attended by relevant officials from Bappeda, Social Service, Health Office, Elderly District Commission, Tribal Council, and the Payakumbuh City Health Forum.

The socialization was presented and delivered by the research team of SurveyMETER (Sukamtiningsih M.Hum and Ginanjar Dwi Pratiwi S.Si.). The material contains a review of the 2013 Elderly-Friendly City Assessment study results as well as a joint campaign to create an elderly-friendly community also being programmed by other cities.

As stated by Kamti, based on the results of a 2013 study (as conveyed during the 2013 dissemination), efforts to achieve an elderly-friendly city by 2030—which refers to 95 assessment indicators in 8 dimensions of an elderly-friendly city compiled by WHO—Payakumbuh City already has a score of 55.1 out of 100, it is quite above the national score of 42.9. By this achievement, Payakumbuh has become one of the few cities that are already at the forefront of becoming an elderly-friendly city.

Due to this fact, Payakumbuh is often a reference for other cities in the continuation program. This is also a question for the study team in collecting data. What has Payakumbuh actually done?

The participants of the socialization were very enthusiastic in responding to the explanation presented by the study team. Rivetra Hayati, Head of Family Welfare and Nutrition of the Payakumbuh City Health Office, said the Health Office has implemented many service programs for the elderly. Among other things, Elderly Gymnastics, Posbindu, as well as socialization and training attended by the elderly group in collaboration with the Social Service. According to Hayati, in Payakumbuh City, there are 75 groups of elderly who have their own management. Posbindu and Elderly Gymnastics are routinely carried out every month in each group. In some kelurahan, Posbindu is combined with Posyandu for toddlers since the elderly storytelling program existed for toddlers. Elderly women were very enthusiastic about participating in Posbindu that including health checks. However, Hayati continued, male elderly mostly think that Posbindu is for women, so only a few of them have willing to come to the event. "The Payakumbuh Health Office has an idea to attract male elderly, Posbindu is held at food stalls or mosques after Friday worship is over," said Hayati.

In addition, the city government also conducts socialization and training activities which are held once every month in each kelurahan. The socialization theme changes every month. Among them are health, psychology, and religion. Meanwhile, training materials such as storytelling training and processing used goods into items of economic value.

Meanwhile, the Head of the PPJS Social Service Division of Payakumbuh City, Mrs. Aswad, said the office was concentrating to provide economic assistance for the elderly potential people and in handling the problematic ones such as the assistance provision of Productive Economic Enterprises (UEP) done since 2013, the provision of ASLUT since 2011, and the provision of additional food since 2016.

Helmi as the Secretary of the Elderly Commission of Payakumbuh talked about their activities there. The activities include gymnastics, recitation, Posbindu, recreation, socialization, and training. The gymnastics and recitations were carried out once a week in each village and the participants were very enthusiastic about the actions.

Having delivered the socialization, the Study Team was able to gather further information on the progress of the city's elderly-friendly policy from relevant officials at Bappeda, Social Service, Health Service, Environment Service, Population Control and Family Planning Services, Public Works Service, Tourism Office, Tribal Council, Regional Elderly Commission, and the Communication and Informatics Services. (GDP/JF)