Dar Padova open day in Gozo to raise awareness of dementia
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Dar Padova in Ghajnsielem held an open day on Saturday which was attended by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, Anthony Agius Decelis.
The centre, the first of its kind in Gozo and Malta, offers a daily service for people suffering from dementia, as well as the service of a night shelter for the elderly.
Dar Padova’s open day was aimed at increasing awareness of dementia and to provide information on the services offered in this sector in Gozo and Malta, there are currently 21 persons attending the centre.
Agius Decelis said that Dar Padova was opened as part of a series of initiatives taken by the Government to implement the National Dementia Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to improve the quality of life of individuals with dementia, as well as of their families and carers.
Also present for the open day were the Malta Dementia Society, representatives from the Dementia Intervention Teams and the Elderly and Community Care Services Department, who all provided information to the visitors.
This centre offers a free service for people suffering from dementia, including therapy, those attending also have the opportunity to take part in organised activities and are taken care of by trained staff in a suitable and safe environment.