At the Malta Association of Physiotherapists' seminar, from left to right: David Gorria, General Secretary, WCPT European Region; Helen Borg Bonnici, Vice President of the National Council for the Elderly; Mario Galea, Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care; John Xerri de Caro, President of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists; Moses Azzopardi, National Association of Pensioners
At the Malta Association of Physiotherapists' seminar, from left to right: David Gorria, General Secretary, WCPT European Region; Helen Borg Bonnici, Vice President of the National Council for the Elderly; Mario Galea, Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care; John Xerri de Caro, President of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists; Moses Azzopardi, National Association of Pensioners

Active ageing is the focus in Malta

Every year since 2007, the Malta Association of Physiotherapists (MAP) has celebrated World Physical Therapy Day. This year it focused on active ageing, and organised a seminar titled “Active Ageing – Promoting Health and Wellbeing”.  This is also the theme chosen by the European Union for the year 2012.

The half-day seminar, organised in collaboration with the National Council for the Elderly, was promoted in local newspapers and among members of MAP, the Council for the Elderly and civil society organisations.

The President of the Malta Association of Physiotherapists launched the campaign, stating: “Physiotherapists are well-trained and well-placed to lead programmes designed to address the long-term consequences of non-communicable diseases.”

“They prescribe adequate exercise programmes which are proper, effective and improve the functional ability of their clients.”

Guests at the seminar included the Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Elderly and Community Care in Malta, the General Secretary of WCPT’s European Region and the Vice-President of the Council for the Elderly.  The Parliamentary Secretary praised physical therapists and their good practices and outcomes.

The seminar encouraged elderly people to take an active role in their own physical and social wellbeing.  Mireille Vincenti, MAP Vice President, and Jeremy Ellul, MAP member, delivered a lecture on the physical challenges of ageing while Moses Azzopardi, President of the National Association of Pensioners, talked on poverty and social exclusion.