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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

“International Training Programme in Social Gerontology” Feb 2009 Report

UN INIA (International Institute on Ageing, United Nations) at Malta has conducted “International Training Programme in Social Gerontology” from 16th Feb to 27th Feb 2009.

Sailesh Mishra managing committee member of ARDSI Mumbai and Founder President of Silver Inning Foundation was one of the eleven selected people around the globe to be selected for this prestigious International Training Programme at Malta. Also from India was Research Scholar Sangeeta Kumari from IIPS, Mumbai.

For this programme the selected people were provided Partial Scholarship by INIA for Full Board accommodation including Tuition and accident insurance. Sailesh Mishra could not have attended this Training without timely partial funding for To and Fro Travel expense by Bangalore base NGO ‘Nightingales Medical Trust’.

This programme was aimed at providing a broad and up-to-date understanding of the complex and far-reaching consequences of mass longevity. Participants were helped to evolve and implement appropriate policies that will ensure for older persons, a high quality of life in their own society.

The programme consists of lectures, seminars, site-visits and workshops. Topics dealt with include: Basic Concepts in Social Gerontology; Demographic Determinants and Consequences; Socio-Cultural Changes and their impact; Economics of Ageing; Environment and Ageing; Health Aspects of Ageing; Social Care in the Family, Community and Institutions; Communication Skills; and the Needs of Special Concern Groups.

Through the use of workshops, participants were enabled to pursue in small groups the following skills: Social Policy Development and Community Development Programmes and Services.

The programme was Inaugurated by The Hon. Mr. Mario Galea Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care, Malta Government and Professor Joseph Troisi, Director, INIA.

The International Faculty included : Professor Joseph Troisi, Director, INIA ; Dr. Osama M. Rajkhan , UNESCAP; Dr. Gordon Cordina , Faculty of Economics Malta University; Dr. Ray Xerri , Director Policy & Planning ,Malta; Professor P.V. Ramamurti ,Hon Director Center for Research on Ageing – SVU Tirupati ; Rev. Professor Emmanuel Agius , Dean Faulty of Theology, Malta and Ing. Alexander Tranter, CEO Care Malta.

The entire participants were given The Certificate of Participation on last day of the programme.

Ms. Rosette Farrugia-Bonello, Programme Manager – INIA, was the master of this Training Programme which also included Country Report presentation and site visits to Elder Care Facility in Malta.

About Sailesh Mishra:

Sailesh is Founder President of Silver Inning Foundation and has experience of around four years in the Elderly segment. He found that this segment is the most neglected and ignored. He has left his well paid corporate job of fifteen year marketing experience to work in the field of social work. He is also actively involved with SSS global and ARDSI. He has launched a dedicated Website for Elderly He also has to his credit two Blogs: and .

About INIA:

The Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, adopted in 1982 by the World Assembly on Ageing, and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 37/51, recommended, inter alia, the promotion of training and research, as well as the exchange of information and knowledge in order to provide an international basis for social policies and action.

In this respect, the Plan recommended that practical training institutes should be promoted and encouraged so that they act as a practical bridge between and among developed and developing countries.

The Institute was inaugurated on 15 April, 1988 by the then United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.

These programmes are supported financially by UNFPA. Since its setting up, INIA has organised 93 international training programmes and trained 1835 candidates from 137 countries.

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