The International Institute on Ageing, United Nations-Malta (INIA), held an in-situ training programme in collaboration with the Malaysian Research Institute on Ageing, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) on Gerontology, Geriatrics and Gerotechnology. The in-situ programme was held at Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 8 – 17 August 2016. The intensive ten days saw twenty international and local trainers from seven different countries delivering multidisciplinary lectures on the demography of ageing, population economics, biogerontology, geriatrics, psychogeriatrics, social gerontology, social protection, families in later life, older consumers, policies on ageing, gerotechnology and many more.
As part of the programme a site-visit to St. Francis Xavier Home, was also organised. This care home run by the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’, and opened its doors at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1965. By time, the need for a new Home was felt and in fact a new one was build in 2004. St. Francis Xavier Home opens its arms and embrace those older persons who are neglected and have no one to care for them. The ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ do this with personal attention and individual care. The group was shown around by Sr. Agnes, who is also the administrator of the Home.
The closing ceremony was held in the presence of Professor Dr. Tengku Azian, Director, Research Institute on Ageing, Associate Professor Dr. Rahimah Ibrahim,Deputy Director, Research Institute on Ageing and Rosette Farrugia-Bonello, Research and Programme Manager, INIA.