Center for the Study of Sustainable Community
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What is CSSC?
Center for the Study of Sustainable Community (abbreviated as CSSC; in Indonesian: Pusat Studi Masyarakat Berkelanjutan) is a research center based in Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia. We aim to be a pioneering research and education hub dedicated to promoting sustainable community development, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and enhancing societal well-being.
Why is it important?
The CSSC serves as a platform to tackle pressing global challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, and poverty. These problems may lead to, among others, increasing feelings of social isolation and discrimination, including ageism. By conducting multidisciplinary research, we aim to generate knowledge, insights, and innovative solutions to address these complex issues and promote societal well-being.
Addressing global challenges
To conduct research on sustainable community development, encompassing social, economic, and environmental aspects.
Advancing technology and innovation
To promote knowledge dissemination and exchange through conferences, workshops, seminars, and publications on sustainable community practices.
Education and capacity building
To offer academic programs and courses focused on sustainable community development, creating a new generation of professionals equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge.
To establish partnerships with local communities, government agencies, and NGOs to implement sustainable community initiatives.
Research Focus Areas
Community empowerment and participation
The CSSC studies community-based approaches that empower individuals and foster active participation in decision-making processes.
Social dynamics and community well-being
The CSSC focuses on investigating the psychological, sociological, and cultural factors that influence community well-being and resilience.
Center for the Study of Sustainable Community
(Pusat Studi Masyarakat Berkelanjutan)
Klinik Pratama Atma Jaya BSD Lt.2
Jl. Raya Cisauk Lapan No.A2/10, Sampora, Cisauk,
Tangerang, Banten 15345 - Indonesia
Email: [email protected]
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We publish a variety of reports, working papers, scientific articles, and other publications for policymakers and the public. Click each article's title to read the full version.
Chionia Karitas & Christiany Suwartono
Jurnal Penelitian dan Pengukuran Psikologi Vol. 12 No. 2 Oktober 2023
Article reporting the result of a study, aiming to develop a measurement for digital literacy for the digital native generation.
November, 2023 | Made Syanesti Adishesa
A short article exploring the concept of environmental risk perception and its role in predicting green behavior.
November, 2023 | Rocky
A short article detailing the role of board game in spreading awareness about the environment.
October, 2023 | Christiany Suwartono & Michael Maitimoe
Christiany Suwartono from the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia and Michael Maitimoe from Alzheimer’s Indonesia, Jakarta, presented their collaborative efforts in the Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2023 on 26-29 October 2023 at ICC (International Convention Centre), Brunei Darussalam. Click here to download the presentation file.
October, 2023 | Mikhael Justin Purnadhi & Justinus Budi Santoso
A short essay about the positive effects of playing on older adults' health, both physical and psychological.
October, 2023 | Nikita Florence, Aurelia P. Deviarini, & Christiany Suwartono
A report about impact analysis of the ScrippsOMA program. The result showed statistically significant increase of positive attitude toward dementia and the elderly.
June, 2023 | Christiany Suwartono & Elizabeth Lokon
This short article describes the ScrippsOMA program, which pairs people living with dementia one-on-one with student or community volunteers, family caregivers, or healthcare professionals in a small group setting.
May, 2023 | Elizabeth Lokon & Christiany Suwartono
This short article describes the ScrippsAVID program, which connects people across generations to share art, music, poetry, and stories.
Below are the latest updates on event announcements, expert insights, thought-provoking articles, and global sustainability efforts which are parts of our initiatives.
Carving Happiness Through Art: Tika Wulandari at the Arts for Good Fellowship (A4G Fellowship) 2023
November 27th, 2023
The Arts for Good (A4G) Fellowship is held annually to cultivate a community that leverages art and culture to create positive global social change. In 2023, the A4G Fellowship adopts the theme "Empowering Meaningful Ageing through the Arts."Tika Wulandari, a trainer for the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program under the Center for The Study of Sustainable Community (CSSC) at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, was selected among 34 representatives from 11 countries to collaborate and share information about art programs for senior adults. The program took place online on October 4-6, 2023, November 3, 2023, and December 1, 2023, concluding with an in-person event in Singapore on January 22-26, 2024.As part of the activities, a presentation on the OMA program was held on October 5, 2023, receiving positive feedback from other participants. On December 3, 2023, OMA will be revisited as one of the programs specifically designed for seniors with dementia.For more information about the Arts for Good Fellowship, it can be found here.
Playtime OMA Unleashes Creativity at the University of Indonesia's Faculty of Psychology
November 8th, 2023
By: Zahra Ainina Cahyaningtyas, S.Psi
On Tuesday (31/10/2023), the Playtime OMA activity took place at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia. The event, held from 9:00 to 11:30, was attended by 8 participants, including 2 OMA volunteers and 6 psychology faculty students. The objective of this activity was to introduce OMA to students and test new OMA painting techniques with volunteers. The Playtime session was guided by Dr. Dipl. Psych. Ratna Djuwita., Prof. Dr. Ali Nina Liche Seniati, M.Si., Psikolog, and Ms. Mira Balya Amriasih.Artwork created by participants during this activity utilized dream catcher and inkblot techniques. All participants were enthusiastic about creating art following the given instructions. Some comments from participants about their artwork included, "cool," "didn't expect the result to be like this," and "good even though it's abstract." The Playtime activity concluded with the completion of an evaluation questionnaire and a group photo session with all participants and their artworks.
Artful Connections: Exploring the Impact of Opening Mind Through Arts (OMA) on Senior Residents with Dementia in RUKUN Cipete
November 8th, 2023
By: Zahra Ainina Cahyaningtyas, S.Psi
On Wednesday (08/11/2023), the Opening Mind Through Arts (OMA) event took place at the Rukun Dementia Support Center in Cipete. The purpose of this activity was to introduce OMA to senior residents with dementia and to interact directly with them through the creation of artworks. The event, which ran from 13:00 to 15:00, was attended by 9 senior residents with dementia, divided into 2 session groups.In the first session, from 13:00 to 14:00, the seniors engaged in creating art using the dream catcher technique. In the second session, from 14:00 to 15:00, they worked on art using the inkblot technique. The seniors were also invited to sing the song "Rasa Sayange," and there was joy and happiness at the beginning and end of the session. The senior residents participating in this activity showed various responses, such as joy from interacting with friends, uncertainty about their artistic abilities, and confusion when asked to give a title to their artwork. Nevertheless, a considerable number of senior residents found the OMA activity enjoyable.
Indonesian Initiative in Focus at ADI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2023
October 30th, 2023
Dementia has emerged as a global concern, prompting a call for collective action to tackle this challenge effectively. Demensia Brunei is hosting the Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2023 on 26-29 October 2023 at ICC (International Convention Centre), Brunei Darussalam.In response to this pressing issue, representatives from Indonesia showcased their innovative work during the ADI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2023. We presented on Day 2 (October 28, 2023), highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing, research, and experiences to enhance the lives of individuals living with dementia.The Indonesian presentation titled "Intergenerational Program Initiatives with 'Opening Mind Through Arts' (OMA) in Indonesia" brought to the forefront a unique collaboration. Christiany Suwartono from the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia and Michael Maitimoe from Alzheimer’s Indonesia, Jakarta, presented their collaborative efforts.
Community Service for the Seniors by IPK HIMPSI Banten and Center for the Study of Sustainable Community at Husnul Khotimah Nursing Home
September 16th, 2023
The Association of Clinical Psychologist (IPK) HIMPSI Banten has successfully carried out a community service activity for the senior residents at Husnul Khotimah Nursing Home, located in the Islamic Village complex, Karawaci, Tangerang City, Banten. This event is a manifestation of the caring and positive contribution of IPK HIMPSI Banten, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community, for the senior residents of the nursing home.
The event was attended by approximately 25 individuals residing at Husnul Khotimah Nursing Home, along with 8 caregivers who diligently assist the residents. Additionally, there were 13 committee members who worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth execution of the event. The social service event took place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Husnul Khotimah Nursing Home, situated within the Islamic Village complex, Kelapa Dua, Tangerang Regency, Banten.Various essential supplies for the seniors such as groceries, laundry soap, dishwashing soap, bathing hygiene items, and more were generously donated by IPK HIMPSI Banten. These contributions are expected to assist the senior residents in leading a more comfortable daily life. In addition to the donation, the event also included an ink-blot art activity organized by colleagues from the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community. Ink-blot art is an activity, part of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program that supports creativity, decision-making, and provides an opportunity for intergenerational interactions. It is hoped that this social service activity will inspire many to be more compassionate towards the seniors in our community. The Center for the Study of Sustainable Community also plans to continue organizing social initiatives that benefit the surrounding community.
Heartwarming Art Exhibition Celebrates Older Adults' Talents
September 8th, 2023
By: Liza Nur Cita
In a heartwarming event that celebrated the artistic talents of older adults, an art exhibition hosted by the Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) team and Erudio Indonesia left attendees inspired and delighted. The event took place at Dapur Raya, Pasaraya Blok M, South Jakarta, on September 1, 2023, and showcased the remarkable artistry of the lovely seniors from Rukun Dementia Support Center and Santa Anna Retirement Home.The exhibition, which kicked off at approximately 2 PM and spanned a single day, was a multifaceted affair that blended art, fashion, commerce, and philanthropy. Here are some highlights from this heartwarming event:1. Artistic Showcases: The stars of the event were undoubtedly the paintings created by the talented older adults. These artworks were not just a testament to their creativity but also a poignant reminder of the beauty and value of art in our lives.2. Fashion Extravaganza: Attendees were treated to a unique fashion show that featured patterned cloth inspired by the artworks of several different artists from Rukun Dementia Support Center. This creative fusion of art and fashion added a layer of depth to the event.3. Bazaar Bonanza: A bustling bazaar offered attendees the opportunity to purchase merchandise featuring the exquisite art-inspired cloths, as well as other items such as stickers, notebooks, and tote bags. This allowed guests to take home a piece of the event's magic.4. Art Bid with a Purpose: An art auction held during the exhibition was a noble endeavor that not only honored the artists but also supported a great cause. Half of the proceeds from the art bid were allocated to the artists themselves, ensuring they received recognition and financial support for their talents. The other half went to the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community, extending the event's positive impact beyond the venue.The event was not just about art and commerce; it was about people coming together to share moments of joy. Attendees were treated to snacks and the sight of smiles from both the senior artists and those appreciating their work.In summary, this art exhibition was a heartwarming celebration of the older adults at Rukun Dementia Support Center, Rukun Sentul, and Santa Anna Retirement Home. It served as a powerful reminder of the creative potential that exists within individuals of all ages. Beyond art, the event brought the community together, raised funds for a worthy cause, and left a lasting impression of warmth and inspiration. We can only hope that more such events will continue to showcase the hidden talents and wisdom of our senior population while bringing joy and connection to all who attend.You can view a video montage encapsulating the event on YouTube by clicking here.For further information and inquiries about becoming a part of the OMA journey, please visit https://cssc.carrd.co/
As OMA continues to make a positive impact on the lives of elderly individuals, we express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported our mission. Until we meet again next year, thank you!
The First Ever In Indonesia:
A Multi-Generational Art Exhibition
Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an evidence-based program dedicated to fostering creative connections and breaking down cognitive barriers for individuals living with dementia, is excited to announce its first art exhibition in Indonesia. The event will be held on September 1 at Pasar Raya Blok M, Dapur Raya, Jakarta, from 14:00 to 17:00 p.m. This is a public event; everyone is welcome.This event, hosted in collaboration with Atma Jaya University’s psychology department and medical school, showcases the artistic talents of individuals living with dementia alongside high school and college students, community members, caregivers, and professional artists. The expansion of OMA to Indonesia was made possible, in part, by a 2023 Fulbright Scholar Grant awarded to OMA's founder, Dr. Elizabeth "Like" Lokon.The OMA art exhibition, held for one day only, promises to be a celebration of creativity, connection, and community. The event will feature the artwork of OMA artists from Rukun Dementia Support Program, Rukun Senior Living, and Panti Lansia Santa Anna, with additional contributions from Erudio High School students, parents, and individual artists. In total, 47 OMA artists will showcase 60+ artworks. Don't miss this inspiring event that celebrates creativity, compassion, and the power of art to bridge generations and transform lives.You can read more about the event on our press release (click to view).
Report on Introduction to Opening Minds Through Art
August 28th, 2023
By: Liza Nur Cita
Introduction to Opening Minds Through Art: Reducing Ageism and Loneliness was held in Atma Jaya University, Central Jakarta on 16th of August, 2023. The seminar, which was held from 9 AM to 12 PM, was led by Elizabeth Lokon, Ph.D. from Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, Ohio. The event was attended by a dozen people from different ages and various educational backgrounds.Prior to the seminar, participants were asked to register and fill in a pre-test for evaluation purposes. At the start, Elizabeth Lokon introduced herself and gave everyone a chance to participate in a short ice-breaking session. Lokon asked the age long question of “what comes across your mind when you think of aging?”. Shortly after, participants were divided into two groups: those who were excited to grow older and those who were less ecstatic. More people expressed that they didn’t exactly welcome the idea of aging with open arms. There was a small sharing session in which groups of three (with the two people being part of the majority) were able to give reasons why they feel the way they do.“Whether you do this exercise in the US or Indonesia, the negatives of aging will always seem to outweigh the positives in people’s eyes,” Lokon said. “The negatives we see are connected to ageism and loneliness”. Lokon reminded us of a form of discrimination that is very normalized and hidden: ageism. One in two people or 50% of our population are ageist towards older people, which to many was a depressing number to behold. Even so, ageism can go in both directions.The impact of ageism towards older people is extensive. Discrimination can result in poorer physical and mental health, slower recovery from disability, cognitive decline, reduced quality of life (QoL), increased loneliness, and shortened lifespan by 7.5 years. In addition to that, ageism contributes to poverty and financial insecurity. The elderly are more prone to loneliness because of various factors. Its effects range from increased risk of death, dementia, hospitalization, and heart disease; its impact on health is also similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Lokon explains that nobody thinks about the elderly’s human needs of being needed, cared for, useful, etc. This poor negative attitude towards aging increases the risk of dementia.At the end of the seminar there was another session where participants were divided into three groups and discussed what we can do to address these problems. In conclusion, Three strategies that work in addressing ageism: policy and law, educational activities, and intergenerational interventions, such as the Opening Minds Through Art program. Thank you, Lokon!
ScrippsAVID Introduction Webinar by HIMPSI Banten in Collaboration
August 24th, 2023
By: Aurelia Pramesti Deviarini
The Himpunan Psikologi Indonesia (HIMPSI) Banten region organized an online webinar on August 24, 2023, to introduce the academic community to ScrippsAVID. The webinar commenced with a brief introduction to ScrippsAVID and the guest speaker for the evening, Christiany Suwartono, Ph.D. The AVID program, conceived by Elizabeth Lokon, Ph.D., and her team during the pandemic, aims to combat loneliness and ageism by fostering connections between different generations. This year, the program made its debut in Indonesia and was entrusted to UNIKA Atma Jaya, specifically the Faculty of Psychology. Christiany Suwartono, who heads the Center for The Study of Sustainable Community (CSSC), adapted the program. She emphasized that ScrippsAVID is not a psychological intervention; rather, it is open to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The core concept of ScrippsAVID revolves around conversation and the exchange of life experiences and artistic perspectives with someone from a different generation.As ScrippsAVID is still in its early stages in Indonesia, there is no dedicated website available yet. In the absence of a website, a pilot project was carried out manually using a video call platform, alongside an activity manual. Feedback received from both students and lecturers has been positive, with lecturers benefiting from interactions with new individuals and students gaining deeper insights into their instructors. However, it's worth noting that not all participants experienced a positive outcome from the pilot project.The webinar proceeded with an extensive question-and-answer session, which saw active participation from the attendees. Some participants sought clarification on the technical aspects of the program, while others were keen to learn about ScrippsAVID's future direction. Christiany Suwartono expressed her hope that educational institutions and companies would embrace this program. The program's key strength lies in bridging generational gaps and fostering connections across diverse contexts. She expressed her gratitude to all those who had shown interest and expressed optimism about ScrippsAVID's future prospects, inviting more people to join. The webinar concluded on a positive note, with HIMPSI Banten bringing the event to a close.
Enhancing Preparedness through "Death Education" in Palliative Care Block
August 21th, 2023
By: Angelika Natalia
In a transformative event on August 21st, 2023, medical students delved into the world of death. The session "Death Education: Enhancing Student Preparedness," which is part of the Palliative Care block, opened to offer insight, reflection, and innovative approaches to approaching the topic of death.Hosted by distinguished speaker Elizabeth Lokon, Ph.D., MGS from Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center, the event embarked on an in-depth journey through experiential learning services and techniques, including OMA, AVID, and TCMU. The session began by engaging participants in a polling activity to gauge their perceptions and feelings about death as a springboard to the following thought-provoking discussion.The session's centerpiece was a comprehensive literature review explaining the importance of death education for medical and nursing students. The presentation drew on examples from around the world, showcasing a variety of approaches to dealing with the idea of death. These ranged from the famous "Coffin Fantasy" in Ghana, the Taiwanese and Japanese practice of lying in a coffin, and the moving Threshold Choir. Students were introduced to a spectrum of methods that help foster a healthier relationship with the concept of death.One of the event's highlights was a practical exercise where students were encouraged to design their coffins, a creative expression that offered a unique perspective on their understanding of death. Enlightening videos were showcased to illustrate the methodology further, providing a visual narrative of the various approaches discussed.Toward the end of the session, an interactive group discussion provided an opportunity for students to reflect on how they personally wanted to approach death. Many student groups dedicated themselves to a shared commitment, spending more time in clinics and hospitals and engaging with patients in activities that contributed to a more positive view of death.The importance of this session is underlined by the fact that medical students are inherently bound to face the inevitability of death in their professional journey. Recognizing this, this session aims to equip these future doctors with a deeper understanding of their role in providing medical care and emotional support to patients as they undergo end-of-life care.
Exploring Art as a Stress Relief Method for Medical Students in Palliative Care
August 18th, 2023
By: Angelika Natalia
On Friday, August 18, medical students at Atma Jaya Pluit University took part in a unique session that aimed to relieve stress through the power of art. The "Creating Art to Relieve Stress" event was organized as part of the Palliative Care block, which provides insight into the challenges faced by doctors dealing with patients suffering from severe, chronic, or terminal illnesses. The speaker for this session was Dr. Christiany Suwartono, S.Psi., M.Si., one of the lecturers and vice-dean at the Faculty of Psychology Atma Jaya University of Indonesia. The event focused on introducing the concept of palliative care, explaining the trials and tribulations faced by medical professionals dealing with patients facing severe health conditions.Inspired by Opening Minds through Art (OMA) and ScrippsAVID, Christiany Suwartono, affectionately called Mba Chen, realized the importance of incorporating alternative methods, such as art, to reduce stress for doctors and patients. As palliative care centers on improving the comfort and well-being of individuals battling chronic and terminal illnesses, the event aimed to emphasize the role of art as a medium to provide relief.Central to the session was introducing "inkblot," an artistic technique encouraging participants to explore their creativity by interpreting abstract ink patterns. In this activity, not only listening to the material but participants were also given the opportunity to try the inkblot art process. The session was held offline at the university campus, thus creating an environment conducive to learning and interaction. The participants, fully immersed in the art-making process, absorbed the therapeutic benefits and formed relationships with their peers through sharing sessions.
At the end of the session, Ms. Chen emphasized an essential aspect of art-making: the absence of strict right or wrong, beautiful or ugly. This reminder offered valuable insight to the students, encouraging them to focus on the elements in the artwork, such as color and shape, rather than rigid judgments. By combining medical knowledge with the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression, the session successfully provided a platform for future doctors to explore a more holistic approach to patient care and physician well-being.
CSSC's Collaborative Exchange: Meeting at Unika Atma Jaya Semanggi Campus
August 18th, 2023
By: Astari Arfiana
In a significant stride towards fostering collaboration and advancing research, the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community (CSSC) held a purposeful meeting with external stakeholders at Unika Atma Jaya Semanggi Campus on August 15, 2023. The session provided a platform for productive discussions and planning to further CSSC's objectives. Distinguished figures like Dr. Christiany Suwartono and Elizabeth “Like” Lokon were present, highlighting a diverse range of expertise.The meeting's central focus was to explore collaboration avenues and initiatives aligned with CSSC's mission. It brought together CSSC members, external collaborators, and experts. Discussions covered diverse aspects, including the center's establishment, upcoming projects, and potential collaborative spheres. The presentation offered insights into future plans, encompassing expanded research initiatives and academic programs.The meeting concluded with participants charting a path forward. Concrete strategies were discussed, reflecting dedication to advancing research and community engagement. Noteworthy outcomes included commitments to cross-organizational and multidisciplinary partnerships, community engagement initiatives featuring various programs, and the acknowledgment of research potential in mental health. These dynamic discussions showcased CSSC's commitment to impactful research and community involvement, setting the stage for its journey ahead.
CSSC Members at Sarasehan Konsorsium Psikologi Ilmiah Nusantara (KPIN): Highlights
August 16th, 2023
By: Astari Arfiana
Sarasehan Konsorsium Psikologi Ilmiah Nusantara (KPIN), held on August 16, 2023, brought together 15 participants at Unika Atma Jaya Semanggi Campus. Key discussions revolved around KPIN's accomplishments, challenges, and future plans. This meeting convened members of the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community (CSSC), specifically representing the Faculty of Psychology at Unika Atma Jaya Jakarta, and encompassing esteemed leaders, academic luminaries, and faculty members from various institutions under KPIN's umbrella.The meeting commenced with a review of KPIN's successful compilation of bulletin articles until 2020, with plans to continue this process for 2021 and 2022, excluding COVID-19 related content. Editorial challenges were addressed, including the involvement of students in article creation to ensure originality and proper supervision. Excitingly, three new books are slated for publication this year, each containing 80-100 articles.To enhance efficiency and overcome administrative hurdles, an internship program was proposed to support administrative tasks, editing, and publishing. A pilot project for an online event on parenting and family, scheduled for October 2, 2023, was introduced. The meeting significantly delved into the forthcoming book projects. Plans were unveiled to compile and publish recap articles from 2020 into two distinct books, with each book expected to contain around 150 articles. This endeavor holds the potential to amass a cumulative total of over 1000 articles when combined with contributions from 2021 and 2022.Editorial roles were a focal point, with educators expressing interest in becoming editors, paving the way for collaboration in the editing process. The meeting culminated in discussions on future prospects, including the publication of PDFs in tandem with printed copies of the proposed books, upcoming leadership elections in September, and the prospect of recognizing outstanding contributions. Overall, the meeting stands as a pivotal moment in KPIN's journey, propelling the organization toward a knowledge-rich future under fresh leadership.
ScrippsOMA Facilitator Training at Faculty of Medicine, Atma Jaya Catholic University
August 8th, 2023
By: Angelika Natalia
To continue the mission of building bridges across ages and fading cognitive barriers through art, another Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Facilitator training activity returns to aid medical students at Atma Jaya University in developing skills to support the needs of individuals who have Alzheimer's Dementia (AD). The OMA program, designed by Elizabeth Lokon, Ph.D., not only plays a role in shedding stigma against people with AD but also contributes to building a respectful society. The OMA Program aims to improve the well-being and cognitive stimulation of individuals with AD through art.During the training activities, participants gained knowledge about the theoretical underpinnings, learned how to communicate respectfully and engage in positive energy transmission, and acquired appropriate ways to support older adults in expressing themselves through the creative process. Participants also experienced a new perspective through a simulation activity that introduced them to dementia, helping them to increase awareness and empathy. The training emphasized the importance of applying person-centered care principles and understanding that each older person has different life experiences and needs. As a result, participants are better equipped to encourage individuals with AD to develop a sense of autonomy, engage in social settings, and make independent decisions.Through these series of activities, participants were allowed to get an overview of eldercare activities that can help them realize a better quality of life through the arts. The OMA program encourages volunteers to build memorable and positive relationships with individuals with AD by engaging in creative activities. By engaging in the OMA program, both volunteers and older adults can gain valuable insight and experience through this opportunity.
Introduction to Opening Minds Through Arts: An Art-based Intervention for Senior Well-being
August 8th, 2023
Unika Atma Jaya is set to host a captivating event titled "Introduction to Opening Minds Through Arts," featuring speaker Elizabeth Lokon, Ph.D., from Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University, Ohio. This event introduces an innovative intervention method that utilizes art as a means to slow down the aging process and reduce loneliness among senior citizens.Opening Minds Through Arts (OMA) has gained widespread recognition as a powerful tool for enhancing the well-being of senior individuals. Elizabeth Lokon will lead the discussion and shed light on the transformative impact of art-based interventions on seniors' lives. Her research and work in the area have demonstrated how creative engagement can significantly improve mental health, social connections, and overall life satisfaction for older adults.The event will take place in-person on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 09.00 to 12.00 WIB, at Unika Atma Jaya's Yustinus Building, located on the 15th floor of Kampus Semanggi, Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.51, South Jakarta.As the world faces the challenges posed by an aging population, initiatives like Opening Minds Through Arts play a crucial role in nurturing the mental and emotional health of senior citizens. The event promises to inspire attendees and encourage the adoption of creative approaches in senior care and community engagement.The event is open to healthcare professionals, caregivers, educators, and anyone with an interest in senior well-being. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Elizabeth Lokon and gain valuable insights into the implementation of art-based interventions for seniors.Registration Details:Member of KPIN Registration Fee: Rp75.000
Non-member KPIN Registration Fee: Rp125.000Payment Details:Bank Transfer to BCA account number: 217 1320 757, in the name of Setiawati Sunardi.
After making the payment, kindly confirm your registration by contacting: +62 878-8574-0861.Institutional Registration Information for KPIN Members:
For KPIN members who wish to register multiple individuals from their institution, please refer to the list of eligible institutions at https://k-pin.org/keanggotaan/.Registration and Payment Upload:
To complete your registration, please fill out the registration form at https://forms.gle/JfvcsjKTcbDKyZBS6 and upload your payment proof.Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the world of art-based interventions and discover how creative expression can positively impact the lives of our beloved senior citizens.
OMA Trainers Tika and Mira Announce Weekly Art Sessions at OMA Studio in Klinik Atma Jaya BSD
August 5th, 2023
OMA trainers, Tika and Mira, renowned for their dedication to using art as a means of fostering connection and empowerment, have announced an exciting new initiative. Starting from August 4, 2023, every Friday will be designated as "Art-Time" at OMA Studio in Klinik Atma Jaya BSD.The initiative aims to bring the joy of art to a special group of individuals, including seniors and people living with dementia. With their combined expertise and passion for creative expression, Tika and Mira have curated an array of art techniques specifically tailored to engage and inspire these individuals.The studio has been thoughtfully designed to encourage a sense of comfort and belonging, ensuring that participants feel at ease while exploring their artistic inclinations. Through their art sessions, Tika and Mira strive to create an inclusive and nurturing environment that celebrates the unique stories and experiences of every participant. The art techniques have been carefully chosen to cater to diverse abilities and interests, promoting a sense of accomplishment and self-expression among the attendees.The OMA trainers have collaborated closely with The Center for the Study of Sustainable Community and Klinik Atma Jaya BSD to ensure that the art sessions adhere to the highest safety and hygiene standards. The support and partnership have been instrumental in bringing this initiative to life.
A day in CSSC: Rookies' Impressions of Their Internship Debut
August 4th, 2023
By: Aurelia P. Deviarini & Nikita Florence
Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (UNIKA Atma Jaya) grants students an internship opportunity for one semester in a place of the students’ choice. This year’s internship program allows Psychology students a chance to experience working in CSSC right under UNIKA Atma Jaya Faculty of Psychology well-known lecturer, Christiany Suwartono, first hand.
On Friday, August 4, 2023, we (Aurelia P. Deviarini and Nikita Florence) met up at the CSSC office, UNIKA Atma Jaya’s clinic, 2nd floor. Since OMA and ScrippsAVID are the two main programs that are being handled by CSSC right now, we were introduced to Kak Mira and Kak Tika. They are the only official OMA trainers of Indonesia right now. They run through us briefly on how they prepare the supplies for an event, starting from counting the supplies available, confirming the number of elderly participating the program, packing the supplies according to the numbers, and finally categorizing all supplies in separate containers which will be brought for the event or stored in the office. Then, we get straight to helping sort those things out and revise some necessary stuff for the program.
After lunch, we were invited to do some play time together. Play time is essentially a time to try out one of the art projects in OMA before the actual event. That way, trainers and facilitators know how the end result is going to be and how the activity runs. In other words, it’s a fun time to create some art while also testing out the art project. The result very much reflects one’s personality. This experience was extremely fun for the both of us, especially since we have a big interest towards art. We enjoyed the whole process and we can’t wait to see how the elderly and volunteer pairs are going to fare during the program. Once we cleaned the supplies and tidy things up, we worked on our individual tasks assigned by Christiany. The silence accompanying the room is proof of our concentration on our works.
Before we end the day, we were asked by Kak Mira and Kak Tika to help them pack supplies once we were done with our work. The packages are individually prepared and packed in a plastic bag to help ease the flow of the activity. This way, each supply bag can just be distributed to the pairs in the program and they won’t need to share supplies that are already packed inside. We temporarily made a small production line to help quicken the process of packing and count them by the end of the line to make sure it was not lacking in number.
This whole experience was quite fascinating for us, especially since this is our first time getting to know the OMA program which just came into Indonesia. At first, we thought we would be assisting paperwise, like scheduling and organizing events. But we were actually more involved onsite and experiencing it first hand, like when we were preparing the supplies. It would’ve obviously taken some time if done alone, but we were doing it together and created a system where we can do it efficiently, so it went by quickly. It was a very worthwhile first day on our internship debut.
Center for the Study of Sustainable Community Successfully Hosts OMA Training at Rukun Senior Living
July 30th, 2023
Center for the Study of Sustainable Community CSSC) recently concluded its highly successful Opening Minds through Art (OMA; an Intergenerational Art Program for People Living with Dementia) training event, at Rukun Senior Living. The three-day training, held from July 28 to July 30, 2023.Participants were warmly welcomed to the training event, which commenced at 8 am on Friday, July 28. The entire training was conducted in Bahasa Indonesia, providing a culturally immersive experience for all attendees. To facilitate creative expression without concerns about attire, participants were encouraged to dress comfortably and casually.Rukun Senior Living as the location for the event, offering a serene and conducive environment for learning and collaboration. Ample parking was provided on the premises, ensuring the convenience of all attendees.Thanks to the combined support of Fulbright/AMINEF and CSSC at Unika Atma Jaya, there was no cost to attend the training. However, they open for donation for the continuity for the next training tools. This ensured that the event was accessible to a diverse group of individuals interested in people living with dementia.The Center for the Study of Sustainable Community expresses its gratitude to all participants, sponsors, and collaborators for making the OMA training a resounding success. By leveraging the power of art and community engagement, CSSC continues to drive progress toward a more sustainable and resilient future for all.For those seeking further information or interested in future events and initiatives, please contact the Center for the Study of Sustainable Community at [email protected]
ScrippsOMA and ScrippsAVID Unite to Combat Ageism and Loneliness in Community Psychology Course
June 12th, 2023
On June 12, 2023, the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Indonesia organized a special event by inviting Elizabeth Lokon, MGS, Ph.D. from Miami University, and Christiany Suwartono, Ph.D. from Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, as guest lecturers for the Community Psychology course (Pre-Profession) taught by Dicky Pelupessy, Ph.D. The event, themed "OMA and ScrippsAVID," aimed to address ageism (age discrimination) and loneliness.The event took place at the Auditorium, Ground Floor of Building D, Faculty of Psychology, University of Indonesia, starting from 9 am to 12 pm, following Western Indonesia Time (WIB). During the event, the guest lecturers delivered presentations on the ScrippsOMA and ScrippsAVID programs they have developed and implemented in the United States and Indonesia.
ScrippsOMA (Opening Minds through Art) and ScrippsAVID (Arts-based, Virtual, Intergenerational, Dementia-friendly) are programs designed to enhance the well-being and quality of life for older adults through the arts. These programs utilize art as a means to reduce social isolation and loneliness experienced by individuals across generations. Through these initiatives, older adults have the opportunity to express themselves, build social connections, and enhance their cognitive skills.During their guest lectures, Elizabeth Lokon and Christiany Suwartono shared their knowledge and experiences in developing and implementing these programs. They also discussed the importance of reducing ageism and loneliness in our society, providing practical advice and strategies for participants who wish to engage in these efforts.
The event aimed to raise awareness among students and encourage further action in reducing discrimination against older adults and creating an inclusive society for all generations.
ScrippsOMA Facilitator Training at Santa Ana Senior Living
May 26-28th, 2023
In a pioneering initiative to challenge the stigma regarding people living with Alzheimer's Dementia (AD), a groundbreaking training program for 'art facilitators' has been introduced, providing specialized skills and techniques to support the unique needs of older adults living with AD through the transformative power of art. Developed by Elizabeth "Like" Lokon, MGS, Ph.D., the program aims to build bridges across age and cognitive barriers while enhancing the quality of life for older adults.What sets the ScrippsOMA program apart is its emphasis on fostering independence and decision making in adults living with AD, recognizing the importance of human connections, independent decision-making, and mental well-being for individuals of all ages. Participants of the program undergo an immersive curriculum that encompasses theoretical foundations, how to communicate in sensitive and respectful ways, and how to better support the creative expressions of the older adults artistic techniques. The training program emphasizes the importance of person-centered care, acknowledging the unique life experiences and needs of each senior resident.This innovative training program is set to reshape the landscape of elderly care, harnessing the creative potential within each senior resident. By embracing the ScrippsOMA program, both the facilitators and older adults are pioneering a holistic approach to care that fosters self-expression, emotional healing, and meaningful connections among the elderly community.
Dr. Elizabeth Lokon's Groundbreaking Lecture Unveils Intergenerational Art Program as a Game-Changer for Those Living with Dementia
May 11th, 2023
In an effort to enhance understanding of education and learning for the elderly, Elizabeth Lokon, the founder of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an Intergenerational Art Program for People Living with Dementia, was invited as a guest lecturer for the Elderly Education and Learning course at the Faculty of Psychology, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia.The course, PSE 102: Elderly Education and Learning, is taught by Prof. Dr. Clara R. Pudji Yogyanti Ajisuksmo, Psikolog and Maria Wirastari, M.Psi., Psikolog. The course aims to optimize the participation of the elderly in the aging process through adaptive education. In this course, students will learn why education and learning are important for the elderly, how to facilitate effective learning processes, and what topics are meaningful and beneficial for the elderly to learn. Issues such as barriers faced by the elderly in learning will also be discussed, along with strategies to overcome them. Using a learning method that focuses on direct experiences, students are expected to develop attitudes, knowledge, and intervention skills in the context of elderly education. Learning evaluations will involve knowledge assessments, case analyses, and the development of intervention recommendations, both individually and in groups.With Elizabeth Lokon's presence as a guest lecturer, students will gain firsthand insights into the contributions of art and creativity in elderly education. Through the shared experiences and knowledge, it is hoped that students can make better contributions to building inclusive environments and empowering the elderly to achieve well-being in the process of successful aging.
CSSC Expands Reach with New Office Location
May 1st, 2023
Center for the Study of Sustainable Community (CSSC) is proud to announce the opening of its new office location at the Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia's clinic (https://goo.gl/maps/XVBov26N8ZWdHWab8), 2nd floor, at its Bumi Serpong Damai campus in Tangerang, Indonesia. This strategic expansion aims to strengthen the center's presence and broaden its impact in advancing sustainable practices and fostering transformative change on a global scale.By establishing a physical presence in Tangerang, the CSSC aims to facilitate greater knowledge sharing, enhance networking opportunities, and drive collective action towards a sustainable future. The center's dedicated team of experts will work closely with local organizations, academic institutions, and policymakers to advance research, develop innovative solutions, and contribute to the ongoing sustainability discourse.The new office also represents a significant milestone in the center's journey. With its expanded presence, the center is poised to make an even greater impact, advancing sustainability research, promoting innovation, and fostering a global community of change agents.