The Residence and Life Satisfaction of Elderly Batak Toba

  • Nurman Achmad, Harmona Daulay& Arifin Nasution


The increasing number of elderly people has become a new problem by several countries and even the world. On the one hand, the high life expectancy shows the prosperity and success of a country in facing nutritional health problems, but on the other hand this increase is a problem. There are a lot of problems that exist in the elderly, ranging from problems of weakness or setbacks, economic problems, problems of adaptation to the environment that are constantly changing and the problems where and who will support the elderly. Various programs have been carried out so that the elderly reach the level of satisfaction in their lives. Programs from religious groups that try to approach various activities so that these elderly people become elderly who are satisfied with life in old age. Programs from the community of elderly observers who also make programs even the government itself has carried out policies in order to support the elderly. Some of these programs actually ignore the autonomy of the elderly as elder and respected individuals. This results in dissatisfaction of the elderly as individuals In order to give an overview of the differences in perspectives on the care of the elderly resulting in life dissatisfaction from the emik view, in-depth interviews were conducted with 5 Batak Toba elderly families in Sibaganding village The results of the study found differences in perspectives on the care of the elderly. The life satisfaction of the elderly can be categorized into three parts, first satisfaction from culture, satisfaction shown by the ceremony and satisfaction from the enactment of autonomy in the elderly