Life for older people was more simple 28 years ago. In 1982, the post office issued a set of two stmps on the theme of ‘ a time to rest’ featuring an older man and woman in stereoptypical village clothes against a background of Zammit Clapp Geriatric Hospital and St. Vincent de Paul Residence for older persons. In 1986, the Department of Medicine provided a few lectures on geriatrics to medical students in their final year almost as an afterthought, with the management of bedsores being the most important topic taught. The future for our idealised ‘Wenzu u Rozi’ older people was evidently to ‘rest’ in institutions where doctors could manage their bedsores. Fast forward to 2015 and I am reading the book Population ageing in Malta: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. It is a landmark publication showing the vast progress that the study of ageing in Malta has undergone in the last 28 years. The book brings together a wide variety of authors writing accessibly and authoritatively about different aspects of ageing and aged care in Malta from miscellaneous fileds such as history, soiology, criminology, professional roles, and the informal, formal and private care sectors. This breadth is also matched by the depth in which subjects are covered. The editors are to be congratulated for providing the structure, introduction and conclusion in one magnificent volume that will inspire and guide professionals and service planners working in the field of ageing in Malta for years to come.
Dr. Carmelo Aquilina St George Hospital, Sydney , New South Wales, Australia
Population ageing in Malta: Multidisciplinary Perspectives includes a unique collection of contributions by expert academics who are committed to improve our understanding of gerontology and geriatrics in Malta. Focusing its attention on the way that the lives of older persons manifest themselves in existing Maltese society, this edited volume provides the most up-to-date collection of emerging research focusing on that interface between public and market care services for older persons.
Marvin Formosa Ph.D is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Gerontology Unit, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta, Chairperson of the Maltese National Commission for Active Ageing, and Director of the International Institute on Ageing (United Nations – Malta). Recent publications include Social Class in later life (with Paul Higgs, 2015) and Ageing and later life in Malta (2015).
Charles Scerri Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, Honorary Secretary of Alzheimer Europe and National Focal Point on Dementia. He recently authored the national dementia strategy document Empowering change: A National Strategy for Dementia in the Maltese Islands (2015-2023).