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Ageing Well in Wales launches at the Senedd \\Lansio Heneiddio'n Dda yng Nghymru yn y Senedd

October 22, 2014

The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, which has been established to improve the wellbeing of people aged 50 and over in Wales, has been launched today the Health Minister, Mark Drakeford AM. 

The Programme, which is Chaired by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, is a collaborative partnership of national public and third sector bodies and organisations, working together across 5 key themes – Age-Friendly Communities, Falls Prevention, Dementia Supportive Communities, Learning and Employment, and Loneliness and Isolation – to ensure that Wales is a good place to grow older for everyone. Local networks have also been established across Wales, providing members with support as they deliver a range of initiatives in our villages, towns and cities. 

During the launch, Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, re-affirmed the commitment of all 22 Local Authorities in Wales to become Age-Friendly, ceremonially signing the Dublin Declaration alongside the Commissioner.  

The launch event was attended by a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including senior officials from the European Commission and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing who, last year, awarded Wales with elite Three Star Reference Site Status, which promotes Wales as an exemplar of best practice across Europe, in recognition of our innovative approach to healthy ageing and work to advance the rights of older people. 

Speaking at the launch, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:

“I was delighted to welcome partners from across Europe to the launch of the Ageing Well in Wales Programme and highlight the work planned to improve the wellbeing of older people across Wales. 

“With the number of older people in Wales set to rise to over one million within the next twenty years and reduced public spending, it is essential that more is done to help older people to maintain their own health and wellbeing and to challenge the notion that frailty and dependence are an inevitable part of ageing.

“This is something that will only be achieved with action at both a national and a local level, which is why I am proud to Chair the Ageing Well in Wales Programme and bring together such a wide range of partners, including the Welsh Government, the NHS and key third sector organisations, to drive and deliver the change required so that Wales is a good place to grow older for everyone.”

Alison Pritchard