Active Age Intergenerational Dialogue is a Theatre Anon Arts Foundation Project.
Using Action Research, and creative workshops, the project generated intergenerational dialogue between older adults and young people in Malta and Gozo.
The project ran 120 sessions from 2015 to 2017 in various Day Care Centres and homes of older adults, creating conversations between generations, while also instilling a culture of fun and bringing creativity to healthcare.
Through theatre games, music, movement and reminiscence, the Active Age team shared memories, and talked about the past, present and future within the changing world, and also encouraged older adults to find a voice.
Students working in the field of gerontology, social care and well-being, and the creative arts were encouraged to engage in further discourse about alternative methodologies in research and practice.
Older adults were asked “What would you tell your younger self?” Their answers form the basis of the installation which uses the symbolic image of the tree; part of the Active Age Intergenerational Dialogue exhibition currently at St James Cavalier. Through this project, the team hopes to keep the conversation going.
Active Age Intergenerational Dialogue is funded by the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation and is in collaboration with the Directorate for Active Ageing & Community Care, the Critical Institute, University of Malta – Gerontology Dept, Mcast, Agenzija Zghazagh and Spazju Kreattiv.
Active Age Intergenerational Dialogue – An Exhibition from a Conversation across Generations is being exhibited in Spot B, St James Cavalier, Valletta until November 12, 2017