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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Developed countries have seen an unprecedented mass increase in numbers of older people, and now face the challenge of mass survival of the old old. They are struggling to evolve strategies to meet this challenge. Developing countries are and will face in the next three decades more than a doubling of their elderly. The very rapid onset of this enormous increase will have a dramatic impact on countries which are largely unprepared for this tidal wave of ageing - as they lack the necessary infrastructure of policies and personnel to meet the challenge, which will be made even more grave as the very development they are undergoing itself tends to erode and undermine the traditional pattern of care in extended families.

The objective of this programme is to stimulate discussion and understanding of the relationship between health promotion, quality of life and well-being from a life-course perspective. This is done in the context of the highly complex and multifaceted nature of growing old in society. Special emphasis is put on the totality of the human being including health, social and economic aspects. Health problems related to older persons in developing countries will be highlighted.

The programme is divided into lectures, seminars and site-visits to local facilities. Topics include: the Nature of Ageing; the Relation between Ageing and Disease; Health Expectancies; Risk Factors; the Burden of Chronic Disease and Disabilities; Dementia and other major conditions prevalent at Older Age; Policies and Practices for Health Promotion; Prevention; Holistic Care and Rehabilitation: Financing Care.

This programme is aimed at upper level health professionals (from the various disciplines) holding or being proposed for leadership positions in the care of older persons and having being able to assure responsibility for health service planning, delivery and training with a potential to disseminate the acquired information.

Interested persons and organisations may apply by sending the following to: The Director, International Institute on Ageing, 117, St. Paul Street, Valletta VLT 1216, MALTA
1. An application form which is available through the Institute's web-site or directly from INIA.
2. Proof of proficiency in English.
3. A letter of recommendation from the Director of your organization.
4. A personal letter (giving reasons for attending the course).
5. Copies of relevant certificates.

Closing date for application is 1 March 2011.

Course Fee: US$2,680 (includes tuition, board-accommodation and meals but excludes travel).

INIA might have available a limited number of partial scholarships. However, since these are extremely limited, it is in the interest of prospective candidates to secure alternative sources of funding.

International Institute on Ageing, (United Nations - Malta
117, St. Paul Street,
Valletta VLT 1216, MALTA.
Telephone: (+356) 21-243044/5/6
Telefax: (+356) 21-230248
E-mail: programmes@inia.org.mt
Web-site: http://www.inia.org.mt

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