Oldies are goldies at Casa An­to­nia

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Age is truly just a num­ber

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 op­ti­mism was on dis­play at Casa An­to­nia Nurs­ing and Res­i­den­tial Home where res­i­dents cel­e­brated the In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons with a cap­ti­vat­ing show of singing and mer­ry­mak­ing.

The day be­gan with a hum­ble thanks­giv­ing mass but as it wore on, the vi­brancy of the el­derly per­sons could not be con­tained as res­i­dents sang to­gether clas­sic Mal­tese oldies such as Ċek­lem Ċek­lem Karozzin, Lanċa Ge­jja, It-Ti­fla tal-Kam­panja, ItTieġ tan-Neputija, among oth­ers.

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

The In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons is a des­ig­nated in­ter­na­tional day of the United Na­tions sys­tem and is an op­por­tu­nity to highlight the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions that older peo­ple make to so­ci­ety. Held on 1st 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. Dr Sarah Cassar, Casa An­to­nia Gen­eral Man­ager, said: “Age is truly just a num­ber. Cel­e­brat­ing the vi­brancy of our res­i­dents on oc­ca­sions such as the In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons is an op­por­tu­nity to share their wis­dom and im­pact on so­ci­ety but also to dis­pel the stereo­types of age­ing that per­pet­u­ate ageist at­ti­tudes.”

Casa An­to­nia res­i­dence has es­tab­lished it­self as one of Malta’s top nurs­ing and res­i­den­tial homes. Em­ploy­ing over 120 well trained staff en­ables the home to of­fer a 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 hair­dress­ing, beau­ti­cian, so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties, and cater­ing for pri­vate par­ties amongst oth­ers.

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