In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Peo­ple at Casa An­to­nia

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Con­trary to the widely-held ageist stereo­types, re­search from the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion on Age­ing shows that the older you are, the hap­pier you be­come. This at­ti­tude was ev­i­dent at Casa An­to­nia Nurs­ing and Res­i­den­tial Home when res­i­dents cel­e­brated the In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Peo­ple (IDOP) with a de­light­ful show of singing and fun.

The day be­gan with a sim­ple thanks­giv­ing Mass but as it pro­gressed the ex­u­ber­ance of the res­i­dents could not be con­tained as they joined to­gether in singing clas­sic Mal­tese oldies such as Ċek­lem, Ċek­lem, Karozzin, Lanċa Ge­jja, It-Ti­fla tal-Kam­panja and It-Tieġ tan-Neputija.

The fes­tive spirit con­tin­ued as the res­i­dents re­called some of the best mem­o­ries of their life in what be­came an en­rich­ing dis­cus­sion. The path down mem­ory lane in­cluded both in­ter­est­ing per­sonal anec­dotes and ac­counts of his­tor­i­cal events of sig­nif­i­cance.

The In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Peo­ple is UN-des­ig­nated and af­fords an op­por­tu­nity to high­light the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions that older peo­ple make to so­ci­ety. Held on 1 Oc­to­ber each year, the theme for 2016, Take a Stand Against Ageism, chal­lenged ev­ery­one to con­sider ageism – the neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes and dis­crim­i­na­tion based on age – and the detri­men­tal im­pact it has on older peo­ple.

Casa An­to­nia Gen­eral Man­ager Dr Sarah Cas­sar said: “Age is truly just a num­ber. Cel­e­brat­ing the vi­brancy of our res­i­dents on oc­ca­sions such as this is an op­por­tu­nity to share their wis­dom and their im­pact on so­ci­ety but also to dis­pel the stereo­types of age­ing that per­pet­u­ate ageist at­ti­tudes.”

Casa An­to­nia has es­tab­lished it­self as one of Malta’s top nurs­ing and res­i­den­tial homes. Em­ploy­ing over 120 well-trained staff en­ables the home to of­fer holis­tic ser­vices and truly per­son­alised care for res­i­dents. The 150-bed fa­cil­ity of­fers long-term care, short-stay con­va­les­cence, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and respite care and ex­tra ser­vices such as a hair­dresser and beau­ti­cian, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and ca­ter­ing for pri­vate par­ties amongst oth­ers.

Casa An­to­nia res­i­dents join­ing in with singer Julie James at cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Peo­ple

Tony Camil­leri’s per­for­mance en­livened the cel­e­bra­tions of the In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Peo­ple at Casa An­to­nia and took the au­di­ence down mem­ory lane

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