This edited volume provides a broad ranging view of the challenges and responses to the increasing age and age-associated morbidity of Malta’s population, from considerations about the provision of a sustainable income in retirement to end-of-life and long-term care. The chapters range in scope from an overview of Malta’s ageing population to considerations of various aspects of healthcare, ranging from oral health to dementia, nutrition to coronary disease, with a nice mix of both objective and subjective perspectives. The ageing of society will differ from country to country, and it is particularly valuable for countries with relatively well established programmes of gerontological education and training to be able to access information about the ageing of other, smaller countries. The opportunities afforded to small nations for developing a coherent, holistic approach to healthy active ageing enrich the field of gerontology, and this edited volume provides an excellent illustration of what can be done and what scope there is for further developments. This edited collection provides a full and comprehensive coverage of key issues related to health and activity in the context of ageing. With its broad perspective on the determinants and scope of health in later life, the collection is genuinely focused on preventive strategies as well as seeking to maximize the quality of life of older people who depend on health and care systems. The book will be of benefit to those working with older people in health and social care services in Malta as well as to researchers and students of gerontology. It is a unique and original contribution to gerontology. Active and Healthy Ageing in Malta: Gerontological and Geriatric Inquiries documents the outstanding progress in living conditions for older persons in Malta which resulted from policy advances in social and health care policies, and charts the challenges faced by Maltese society in providing improved and more equitable gerontological and geriatric services.
Formosa, M. (2018). Active and healthy ageing in Malta: Gerontological and geriatric inquiries. Malta: BDL Publishers. (319 pages)
Director of the United Nations International Institute on Ageing, Malta
Marvin Formosa PhD is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta. He holds the posts of Chairperson of the National Commission for Active Ageing (Malta), Rector’s Delegate for the University of the Third Age (Malta), and Director of the International Institute on Ageing United Nations – Malta (INIA). Prof. Formosa published widely in the field of ageing studies, and recent publications included Active and healthy ageing: Gerontological and geriatric inquiries (2018), and The University of the Third Age and active ageing: European and Asian-Pacific perspectives (2019).
He is Country Team Leader (Malta) of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), sits as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries, and his academic interests include older adult learning, Universities of the Third Age, social class dynamics, feminist gerontology, and critical gerontology.