Figures published today claims that thousands of older people in Wales are lonely and living in poverty.
The report: 'Wales: A Good Place to Grow Old?' was written by the Bevan Foundation for Age Alliance Wales.
- More than 100,000 older people in Wales are living in poverty
- More than three-quarters of women and a third of men over the age of 65 live alone
- Four out of ten older people say they are sometimes or often lonely
- Four out of ten older people in Wales say their health is only poor or fair
Age Alliance Wales says 'urgent action' must be taken to improve the lives of the approximately 500,000 older people in Wales.
Rachel Lewis, Age Alliance Wales
Wales' new Commissioner for Older People Sarah Rochira started her role a week ago and has already vowed to 'make a real difference' to the lives of our elderly.
She's spent the week travelling the length and breadth of Wales to talk to older people about the issues that concern them most.