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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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‘Ageing in place’ in the Maltese islands

‘Ageing in place’ in the Maltese islands

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(p.273) Thirteen ‘Ageing in place’ in the Maltese islands
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Ageing in the Mediterranean
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Joseph Troisi

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.003.0013

In the past, the Maltese government, was more preoccupied with meeting the ‘humanitarian’ issues of the process of active ageing, directing their programmes towards ‘protecting’ the older persons. Hardly any emphasis was put on development aspect how to ‘socialise’ the growing population of older persons. Such a strategy resulted in emarginating the older persons from society. The need was felt to break the policy of segregation of older persons and replacing it with a strategy of to participate in society to the greatest extent possible. Guided by the awareness that the family environment is the one best suited to the life style of older persons, the Maltese government has given rise to various policies and programmes to supplement family support to the growing elderly population so as to enable the older persons to remain within their family environment for as long as possible. This paper analyses the effects and implications of the radical change in the Maltese government’s policy from the Institutionalisation to Community Care.

Keywords:   Institutionalisation, Active ageing, developmental aspect, community care, family environment

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