Event Description

The International Institute on Ageing United Nations-Malta (INIA), in collaboration with the Department of Gerontology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, organised a conference on Gerontological, Geriatric and Dementia Care in Malta & Gozo: Present & Future Challenges. The conference was held on 7 December 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel, St. Julian’s. The conference was opened by Hon. Anthony Agius Decelis, Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing. Apart from local academics and practitioners, three International keynote speakers were also invited: Professor Malcolm Johnson from University of Bath and also a board member of INIA’s International board; Professor Adam Gordon from the University of Nottingham, and Professor Mario D. Garrett from San Diego University. Apart from presentations, the conference included also a panel discussion on end-of-life issues and exhibited 12 poster presentations. The conference was attended by over 250 participants from university, government, public, private and church entities, as well as volunteers and students working and studying in the field of ageing respectively.


Full Programme:

INIA  National Conference Programme December 2018


The role of care homes in the palliative and end of life care _Prof. Malcolm Johnson

Frailty and its implications for modern healthcare_ Prof. Adam Gordon

Making homes fun_Cynthia Formosa

Moral reasoning in dementia care The ethical challenges of long-term care _Noel Borg

Oral health and dental treatment for people with dementia_Dr. Alexander Schembri

The effects of music modalities on the behaviour of older persons living with dementia in a Maltese long-term care setting _Katia Mifsud

Visual Art Dialogues Older adults’ reflections around a programme of visual art dialogues _Priscilla Cassar

A cure around the corner in a round world _Prof Mario Garrett

Dancing Colours – The effectiveness of audio-visual strategies aimed at enhancing the quality of life of people with dementia_Andrea Delicata