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ISSN 1997-1648                                                                 No. 6               August 2016

INIA's Training Programmes 


International training programme in Enabling Quality of Life in Long Term Care 

During the month of May INIA held an international training programme in ‘Enabling Quality of Life in Long Term Care’ which was attended by ten participants from different countries.

Dr. Marvin Formosa (Director - INIA) officially opened the programme leading to a successful two days of lectures and discussions, revolving round topics of Abuse; Social work; Dementia; Dignity as well as the National minimum standards for care homes for older persons. Participants were also honoured by the presence of the Hon. Dr. Justyne Caruana (Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing), who further highlighted the importance of training, as not only being viewed as an asset to the individual, but most importantly one which would be enacted at the place of work, while providing person centered care to respective residents.
Group photo of participants together with the Hon. Dr Justyne Caruana, Junior Minister for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing,  Dr. Marvin Formosa (Director, INIA), and  Rosette Farrugia-Bonello (Research and Programme Manager, INIA) .

In-Situ training programme in ageing policy formulation in Abuja, Nigeria. In collaboration with the Dave Omokaro Foundation, Nigeria.

Dave Omokaro Foundation together with other experts on ageing
Human resource development in ageing is imperative for Nigeria, if the country is to address the mounting challenges of its rapidly increasing population of older persons, now estimated at 8.4 million with a growth rate of 3.3%. To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration on personnel training in Nigeria in all aspects of Ageing was signed between the International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta (INIA) and the Dave Omokaro Foundation (DOF), following which a five-day inaugural in-situ training program in Ageing Policy Formulation jointly organized by both parties was held in Chelsea Hotel, Abuja from 20 - 24 June, 2016.
The Opening Ceremony and Memorandum of Agreement Signing drew participants from all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), International Development Partners (IDPs) across the country, including high level government officials such as the Chairman, National Population Commission, Executive Secretary National Universities Commission, Special Adviser to the President on Planning/DG Budget Office, National Planning Commission and WHO Country Representative, Nigeria. The director of INIA, Dr. Marvin Formosa was represented by International Tutor and Expert on Ageing Professor Nana Araba Apt. There were also attendees from media organizations and academia.
Dave Omokaro during a lecture delivery
Goodwill messages were offered by the Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, the National Health Insurance Scheme Office of the Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, WHO Nigeria, UNICEF Nigeria, Geriatrics Association of Nigeria, African Society for Ageing Research and Development and Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons.
The International Training Programme drew participants, mostly policy makers from across the Ministries, Departments and local and international Agencies; there were 26 participants in all with one, from Zambia. Lectures and discussions centered round the Demography; National Policy for Ageing in Nigeria; the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the Sustainable Development Goals; Economic and National system of Old Age Security; Policy Planning; Common Diseases and Medical Conditions; Health and Wellbeing.
In a vote of thanks, Dr. Emem Omokaro, thanked INIA, WHO, NUC, other MDAs and the Resource persons for their various efforts at ensuring the success of the workshop. She pledged that the Foundation would continue to leverage on the robust contributions and interventions of the MDAs, whiling recommending that members of the class should form the National Working Group that would develop the Policy Framework for Ageing in Nigeria. Stakeholders recommended that the Federal Government of Nigeria should articulate a National Policy Framework that would address the needs of older persons in a holistic manner to include the provision of social security insurance, housing development and town planning that are elderly persons – friendly by the year 2030. This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of the five – day in-situ Training and workshop on Ageing Policy Formulation, which ended on Friday 24 June, 2016. It was organized by the International Institute of Ageing United Nations Malta (INIA) in collaboration with the Dave Omokaro Foundation (DOF), at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja. Participants received certificates of attendance.
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Below: Group photo with Dave Omokaro during the closing ceremony

UPCOMING In-Situ training programmes

Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau (BCAB) Visits Malta


On the 13 May 2016, INIA welcomed a delegation from the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau (BCAB), which also visited Casa Antonia Residential Home and RoseVille Care Home run under CareMalta.

Information Exchange & Networking


Courtesy visit to INIA 

On Friday 20 May 2016, INIA welcomed Professor Jacqueline Parkes from Northampton University, whose international expertise is in Dementia Studies.

As a lead in the Institute for Health & Wellbeing at Northampton, Professor Parkes is the Director of the Centre for Applied Mental Health Research, Chair of the Dementia Research Network, and lead for Public and Patient Involvement. Her subject specialisms are nursing and mental health research, with a particular focus on developing and implementing person-centred care pathways.

On Wednesday 22 June 2016, Dr. Marvin Formosa, Director INIA welcomed Moira Allan Co-founder and International Coordinator from 'The Pass It On Network' who discussed the work done in relation to the global programme exchange for positive ageing.

Books donated to INIA on WEAAD

On the 15 June 2016, in commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), CareMalta donated books to INIA's Library in relation to this harsh reality.

Older Women Deliver Too

Women Deliver - From the 16-19 May 2016 the fourth Women Deliver conference was held in the Bella Centre Copenhagen. A first for HelpAge the conference was attended by Ferdous Ara Begum (INIA's Council Member on the Satellite Centre for SAARC countries), with the support of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Women Deliver conferences are world-renowned meetings focused on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. It is a high profile event attended by more than 5000 experts including politicians, ministers, academics, Heads of UN bodies and women and girls from all over the world. 200 scholarships are awarded to persons under 30 years of age, and 30 are available for those over 30.
The year 2016 was the occasion to highlight women’s contributions from the perspective of the SDGs and its implementation strategy. In fact The Women Deliver 2016 Conference was one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was highlighted by Gro Harlem Bruntland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of WHO in the opening ceremony, attended by Ferdous.  
Having no mention of the strength and role of older women as Change Makers in the nation building process, this was highlighted by the partnering of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Burnet Institute and Helpage International in their delivery of a side event called 'Older Women Deliver too, a life course approach to women and children's health'.

Read the full text here:
Ferdous Ara Begum, during the panel discussion

South Asia Senior Citizens' Forum 

A regional body called South Asia Senior Citizens’ Forum (SASCF) has been established on 12 July, 2016, in Kathmandu, Nepal, at the concluding session of a two day workshop on the issues of Senior Citizens in South Asia. Representatives from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and other SAARC countries were present at the workshop. The SASCF has been established on the basis of the 36 point Kathmandu Declaration signed at the 18th SAARC Summit meeting in 2014, focusing towards the ‘Special Needs of Elderly Population’ of the region.  The Forum also reaffirms commitments to the Older Peoples Rights enshrined in the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; General Recommendation no 27 of the CEDAW Convention on the protection of the Human Rights of Older Women (adopted in 2010) and Sustainable Development Goals aiming at leaving no one behind, in order to create a social inclusive society for all by 2030.

Read the full text here:

World’s centenarian population projected to grow eightfold by 2050 

The world was home to nearly half a million centenarians (people ages 100 and older) in 2015, more than four times as many as in 1990, according to United Nations estimates.
This growth is expected to accelerate: Projections suggest there will be 3.7 million centenarians across the globe in 2050. While centenarians make up a small share of the world’s older population, their proportion is growing. In 1990 there were 2.9 centenarians for every 10,000 adults ages 65 and older around the world. That share grew to 7.4 by 2015 and is projected to rise to 23.6 by 2050.
Estimates of the centenarian population can be hard to come by due to misreporting and data processing issues. It is often difficult to verify the ages reported, as centenarians might not have birth records to confirm their age. But the available data suggests that the U.S. leads the world in terms of the sheer number of centenarians, followed by Japan, China, India and Italy. 
Japan’s Misao Okawa was the world’s oldest person before her death in April 2016. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Human Rights for People with Dementia 

During the month of May, Dementia Alliance International launched its first official publication, 'Rhetoric to Reality; the human rights of people with dementia' . 
Access to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD) was one of the demands made by DAI's Chair, Kate Swaffer at the World Health Organisation's First Ministerial Conference on Dementia held in Geneva in March 2015 and is a joint focus of DAI and Alzheimer's Disease International following discussions in April 2016. 

"What matters to us now is that people living with dementia should be empowered to use their undisputed right of access to this and to other relevant UN Human Rights Conventions, including a future Convention on the Rights of Older Persons." 
 - Professor Peter Mittler

Publication can be downloaded by following the new Human Rights page on the DAI website.

September is World Alzheimers Month!

September 2016 will mark the fifth global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.

The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2016 is Remember Me. Alzheimer's Disease International are asking you to get involved by sharing your favourite memories, or memories of a loved one, on social media this September with the hashtags #RememberMe #WAM2016. 

More ideas of what organisations can do to commemorate this month may access:

INIA's Alumni 


Gunaratne, B. Jayasundera - Sri Lanka 

United Friendship Community 
Economic Aspects and Income Security, 2003
A programme was organised by United Friendship Community (NGO) in Kurunegala at "RATHANAPIYASA" Retirement Village ( Senior Citizens Resort) together with members of Senior Citizens Committee at Bamunakotuwa Assitant Government Agent Division. "It was an amazing cheerful and most enjoyable event, enjoyed by residential older persons as well other others from the neighboring areas", states Gunaratne, B. Jayasundera, founder of United Friendship Community, "I am proud to say that this was part of the fruit derived from my experience during INIA's international training programme in Economic Aspects and Income Security, back in 2003".

Richard Semanda 

Social Gerontology, 2002
INIA's past participant Richard Semanda, Executive Director; Geriatric Respite Care Foundation-Uganda (GRCF- U) began a three-year term as a Board member of the international Association of Homes and Services on Ageing (IAHSA), in January 2016.

Francis Njuakom Nchii

Founder & Executive Director of CDVTA Cameroon
Social Gerontology, 2001

INIA's past participant Francis Njuakom Nchii, Founder & Executive Director of CDVTA Cameroon was awarded the rank of ‘Knight of Cameroon Order of Valour’ at Cameroon’s National day celebration, 20 May 2016.

This is the second highest Medal Honour in the Republic of Cameroon and Francis was given the award for his over 20 years in the promotion of care and rights of older people and their dependents in Cameroon and beyond. CDVTA is Cameroon’s leading age-care organisation, with over 18 years’ successful evidence-based, elderly-driven integrated home-based care best practices.

Rtn. Chhatra Bahadur Pradhan

Secretary General, National Senior Citizens Federation
Policy Formulation, Planning, Implementation and Monitoring of the Madrid international Plan of Action on Ageing, 2011
A two-day meeting of the South Asia Senior Citizens' Workshop jointly organized by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Government of Nepal, and National Senior Citizens' Federation, Nepal, on the theme of Uniting the Senior Citizens of South Asia: Securing their Rights, held on 11-12 July 2016 in Kathmandu, attended by delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, unanimously resolved the following:

I. The delegates resolved to form a South Asia Senior Citizens' Forum as a unifying organization to support, promote and expand rights as manifest in policies, laws and program for senior citizens in the South Asia region. Towards this end, the delegates resolved to constitute a South Asia Senior Citizens' Working Group coordinated by Dr. Gauri Shankar Las Das as Chairman, and Shri Chhatra Bahadur Pradhan as Member-Secretary, and Mohammad Edrees Omarzad, Ferdous Ara Begum, Sonam Tshewang, Digamber Chapke, Sugan Bhatia, Shyam Sunder Dhaubhadel, and Neela Gunasekera as Members. The first meeting of the Working Group to formulate a basic framework for the organization was held on 12 July, 2016.

II. The South Asia Senior Citizens Forum countries have some specific common traditions that they share amidst geographic diversity – these shared traditions

include the following:

Read the full text here:

Andrei Ilnitski

Belarusian Republican Gerontological Public Association (Presdient)
Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Wellbeing, 2015
Over the past year, the main object of activity of Belarusian Republican Gerontological Public Association (BRGPA), run under the presidency of Andrei Ilnitski, was the creation of therapeutic environment within care homes.
In addressing this challenge, the BRGPA acted in working out the national recommendations for care homes concerning the implementation of the therapeutic environment which promotes independency and dignity of older persons. Main purpose – is to realize the multidisciplinary holistic approach towards older persons with high risk of development or developed geriatric syndromes, with significant decreasing of quality of life when in care homes. This project includes developing evidence-based methods of maintenance of intrinsic capacity in different diseases in care homes by the creation of a supportive environment catering towards the individual’s level of functional ability.
This project was adopted in 2014 – 2015 in the care homes of Vitebsk region of the Republic of Belarus. This was carried out in differentiation of resident type which were later divided in 3 groups: ‘fit’, ‘vulnerable with cognitive impairment/impairment of mobility’, ‘frail with partial/total decreasing of independency’. A differentiated therapeutic environment was created per group by means of a non-barrier environment in care homes, organization of free time, ergotherapy, using of computer devices, methods of supporting moral, education of patients, supporting of communication, memory schools, among others.    
The following main actors assisted in the development and implementation of such practice; the local authorities (social ministry of Vitebsk region), administration of care homes of Vitebsk region, regional brunch of Belarusian Republican Gerontological Public Association (IAGG member), older persons themselves and relatives, medical service of care homes and volunteers.
The creation of therapeutic environment in care homes allows for the promotion of healthy aging, autonomy, dignity, high level of quality of life and end-of-life planning in care homes. It is witnessed that by the creation of a supportive environment, catering towards the individual level of functional ability increases overall healthy aging, autonomy, dignity, quality of life in elders with low intrinsic capacity.
During this project the “Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment” was used as a diagnostic instrument which evaluated the functional ability of older persons according to their intrinsic capacity when interacting with environment. It was discovered that health indicators such as moral status, nutrition and cognitive status, reflected in overall quality of life became better after the implementation of the therapeutic environment and better off than the control group.
In accordance to WHOs global strategy, the creation of therapeutic environment in care homes may serve as a model of healthy aging.
Prof. Andrei Ilnitski and Kiryl Prashchayeu together with  members of Belarusian Republican Gerontological Public Association after the conference devoted to creation of therapeutic environment in care homes

Hikari Taniguchi 

Asian Population and Development Association (APDA)
Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Wellbeing, 2015

Hikari Taniguchi together with her colleagues from APDA  recently implemented a project together with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) called the Global Conference of Population and Development Toward the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit (GCPPD2016) that focused on "realizing healthy lives and promoting well-being for all" which was held between the  26-27 April 2016 in Tokyo Japan. During the pre-G7 time, 6 different panels discussed areas important to SDGs of which included  "active ageing and well-being for ageing population" . This conference, brought over 100 international parliamentarian participants from Europe, Asia, North & South America, Arab region and Africa, as well as about 50 representatives from international/non-governmental organisations to collectively  build upon previous achievements. 

The discussion and results were incorporated into Declaration and Recommendations, which can be viewed by following:

Sofiane Bouhdiba

University of Tunisia
Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Wellbeing, 2015

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INIA's Forthcoming Work Programme 2016


In-situ training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia - in collaboration with the Institute for Gerontology - Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

In-situ training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Minsk, Belarus - in collaboration with UNFPA Belarus.

In-situ training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Manila, the Philippines - in collaboration with the Philippine Society for Geriatrics and Geriatrics (PSGG), Philippines.

September - October
2016 UNFPA Executive Training Course on Population, Ageing and Development organised by Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, UNFPA and INIA, Malta.

In-situ training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Tbilisi, Georgia - in collaboration with the Institute of Demography and Sociology, Georgia.

October - November
International training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics for Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau’s officials (BCAB), in Malta.

International training programme on Policy Formulation, Planning, Implementation and Monitoring of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in Malta.

In-situ training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Nairobi, Kenya - in collaboration with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya.

In-situ training programme on Gerontology and Geriatrics in Beijing, China - in collaboration the China Gerontological Society, China.

International Forthcoming Events 2016



8-19 August (Cape Town, South Africa)
Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes 
This two-week course is jointly accredited by EPRI and Maastricht University
For further information visit: 

22-23 September (Lyon, France)
The European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA) Biannual Conference, ‘Think European-Act Locally: New Business Models and Success Stories in the Provision of Care, housing and Services for the Elderly’,
For further information visit: Twitter: @eahsa2016

23 September (Nice, France)
A tribute to Tomas LINDAHL Nobel Prize of Chemistry 2015
"DNA Repair in Cancer and Ageing"
Free conference registration is required at:  Contact: 06 16 02 07 91

28-30 September (Nice, France) 
"10th World Conference on Gerontechnology"
Theme: Sustainable Humanity
Organised by: The International Society for Gerontology
For more information visit:

3-14 October (Chiang Mai, Thailand) 
"Designing and Implementing Social Transfer Programmes" 
This two-week course is jointly accredited by EPRI and Maastricht University
For further information visit:

20-22 October (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
"45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting on Fostering Innovation in Research on Aging", organized by the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
For further information visit:

18-20 November (Kaohsiung,Taiwan)
BIT 4th Annual World Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology 2016
Theme: “Better Health in Old Age”
For further information visit:

6-8 December (Nairobi, Kenya)
"2nd Africa Region Conference of Gerontology and Geriatrics" , hosted by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 
The theme of the conference - Long-Term Care Systems for Africa: Setting Agendas - centers on the need to develop effective and appropriate systems in place of the current long-term care arrangements for older adults in sub-Saharan Africa. The conference aims to be a platform for dialogue to generate agendas and road maps for collaborative action to inform strategies for implementing long-term systems of care for Africans in coming decades. 

Register now. View the announcement and visit the website for further details.

"Ageing and Society 2016 Conference"
For further information visit: 

International Forthcoming Events 2017


3-7 February (Prague, Czech Republic)
International Conference "Population Aging: Challenges And Opportunities"
For further information visit:
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