“Ageing is not an illness – it’s a gift” – elderly woman who graduated at 82 years of age
At a time when her husband was on his deathbed, Doris Cannataci managed to complete her doctorate thesis.
Doris Cannataci says that ageing is not an illness. On the contrary, it is a gift… and at the age of 88, she has published a book about her life.
Doris lost her husband when she was 82 years old. Instead of giving up on life, she embraced ageing by starting to jot down her thoughts on a piece of paper. The thoughts became sentences, which in turn ended up as a book in English about her life.
“There were lovely episodes. There were also episodes which were not so nice, just like with every other person. I always say, however, that life is a challenge, a continuous challenge, and we have always got to be prepared for these challenges.”
Six years ago Doris Cannataci graduated in theology. Today, at the age of 88, she has taken up Spanish and is taking lessons in this language. She appeals to fellow elderly persons not to give up on life.
“Ageing is not an illness, but rather, a natural process of life. I maintain that ageing is a gift. A present.”
During the presentation of her book at the Santa Luċija Day Centre, the Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing Silvio Parnis urged all pensioners not to shut themselves off between the four walls of their homes, but to continue contributing to society.