Augmenting Social Protection for Three-Generation Households with Elderly Members in Indonesia: A Policy Analysis (77202)

Session Information: Aging and Gerontology
Session Chair: Yinkai Zhang

Thursday, 28 March 2024 09:40
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In Indonesia, the prevalence of three-generation households, driven by strong familial values and a growing elderly population, has positioned the middle generation as a 'sandwich generation.' A survey conducted by The PRAKARSA (2020) revealed that over 70% of elderly respondents expressed a preference for familial care. This presents a policy dilemma: the state bears the responsibility for elderly care, yet must also integrate families into social care provision. While Indonesia has instituted progressive social protection initiatives over the past few decades, focusing on the family as the primary distributor, these programs have not specifically targeted three-generation households with elderly members. Consequently, the burden of caring for the elderly falls on the sandwich generation.

This paper elucidates how the state can augment support for three-generation households with elderly members by leveraging existing social protection programs. Through a comprehensive review of literature encompassing program targets, coverage, benefits, and types within the Indonesian context, this study intends to inform the potential refinement of elderly social care policies and practices. By discerning opportunities for enhancement and facilitating greater synergy between existing social protection programs and family-centric care, this research endeavors to enhance the efficacy of elderly care provision for Indonesia's aging population.

Darmawan Prasetya, The PRAKARSA, Indonesia
Herni Ramdlaningrum, The PRAKARSA, Indonesia

About the Presenter(s)
Darmawan Prasetya, M.Sc. (Awan) is a social policy researcher at The PRAKARSA since 2022. His role encompasses research and advocacy on national and international level. Awan's interests revolve around social protection, GEDSI, poverty.

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