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Ageing Well Stories
Wales is a nation of older people, and older people make a massive contribution to our culture, our society and our economy. Growing older is something we all aspire to, and something which should be celebrated. However, we don’t just want to live longer, we want to age well and continue to be able to do the things that matter to us whatever our age.
While later life can bring its challenges, it can also be a time of great opportunity. With a little help and support, you can enjoy some of your best years in later life.
I established Ageing Well in Wales as a social movement to bring people together, to create positive change, and to make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone. We have always championed the little things that make a big difference to the lives of older people. Through the Ageing Well in Wales network, I have been privileged to meet so many individuals and organisations who are making our villages, towns and cities better places to grow older in.
Ageing Well Stories is a collection of the thoughts and experiences of Ageing Well in Wales network members who are making a difference in their communities. Their stories show that we all have it within us to create change in our society, and the incredible things that can be achieved when communities come together.
The stories in this collection also show how getting involved and choosing to make a difference can also make a positive impact on your own life. Almost everyone spoke about what they did in terms of how much fun they were having, and of the great friendships they have made.
I’d like to thank everyone who gave their time to share their stories with us for this collection. They, and many more like them, are at the heart of Ageing Well in Wales. I hope that their stories inspire you as much as they have inspired me. Together, we will make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone.
Older People's Commissioner for Wales | Chair, Ageing Well in Wales