Wales' elderly 'poor and lonely'

A new report published today says more than 100,000 older people live in poverty and four out of ten say they are lonely.

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'Urgent action' needed to improve lives of older people

An alliance of twenty charities is calling for 'urgent action' to improve the lives of older people in Wales. A report says more than a hundred-thousand older people are living in poverty. One in five have such low incomes they struggle to make ends meet. Four in ten say they feel lonely.

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales says she welcomes the report and recognises that work needs to be done.

Older People's Commissioner 'welcomes report' on elderly

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales says she welcomes today's report from Age Alliance Wales.

Sarah Rochira said the report highlights that 'whilst we have much in Wales to be proud of, for all too many people growing old is simply not what it should be.'

The report says more than 100,000 older people live in poverty and four out of ten say they are lonely.

The facts and figures included within the report tell a stark tale about the lives of too many older people. The challenge ahead for all of us is to make sure that, over the years to come, fewer people live in poverty and choose whether to eat or to heat their homes, that fewer people feel excluded, isolated or afraid, that more older people feel they are valued and that we make the most of their knowledge, expertise and contribution that many already make to our country, communities and families.

РSarah Rochira, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

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