Malta advances in the European Active Ageing Index – Government

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Malta advances in the European Active Ageing Index - GovernmentIn a report that has just been published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Malta improved its positioning in the European Active Ageing Index, and is therefore classified as the 18th best country out of the 28 Member States in the European Union, the Government said in a statement today.

It added that, in the report published “it is also evident that Malta is the most successful country in Europe in terms of independent, healthy and secure living for the elderly.”

“This result was achieved after the Government, through the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, has taken various initiatives and started implementing the National Strategy for Active Ageing.”

The Government pointed out that, among other initiatives, this year it implemented a law against abuse on the elderly, worked relentlessly on the improvement of St Vincent de Paul, continued improving community services for the elderly, and launched several lifelong learning programmes in Day Care Centres.

The Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana welcomed this result “with great satisfaction and declared that the Government’s job in the elderly sector will remain focused in ensuring a better quality of life and better community services. All of this will lead to a more active and independent life.”

“Although this is a satisfactory result,” the Parliamentary Secretary said, “that more needs to be done and my task will remain to work relentlessly in favour of this sector as I has always done.”

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