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Older People and COVID-19 in Indonesia

Older People and COVID-19 in Indonesia
25 February 2021
Osuke Komazawa, Ni Wayan Suriastini, Ika Yulia Wijayanti, Maliki, Dinar Dana Kharisma
Indonesia, ageing society, COVID-19, Health

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The phone survey of older people and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Indonesia was conducted as a joint project by ERIA, Bappenas, and SurveyMETER. Its aim was to (1) measure the general knowledge of older people about COVID-19, (2) compare the welfare and health status of older people before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, (3) understand their difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, (4) monitor the assistance they receive, and (5) identify the policies required to mitigate the impact on them. 

The results revealed that more than half of older people saw their income fall, particularly those who depended on income from work or their children’s income. Significantly more older people received government support compared with before the pandemic. One in six older persons reported a deterioration in their health during the pandemic, while most older people maintained their social interaction despite the pandemic. The government is encouraged to strengthen its efforts to develop the support system for older people to ensure realisation of the vision set out in the National Strategy for Older People.

The Indonesian version available at SurveyMeter website: Bahasa Indonesia

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Older People and COVID-19 in Indonesia


Title page



List of Project Members

Table of Contents

List of  Figures and Tables

List of Abbreviations

Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Background and Objectives

Chapter 2: Characteristics of Respondents

Chapter 3: Economic and Social Protection

Chapter 4: Health

Chapter 5: Interaction and Social Support

Chapter 6: Conclusion and Recommendations

References and Appendix

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