Ian Thomas from Age Cymru says we need to look after the elderly members of our communities at Christmas and during the rest of they year. Research by the charity revealed that 22% of older people in Wales weren't looking forward to Christmas because it makes them feel 'more lonely'
Age Cymru say that whilst Christmas is a time of 'happiness' for many of us, it can be a very 'lonely time' for older people.
– Ian Thomas, Age Cymru's Chief Executive Officer
This should be a time of happiness when we can look forward to being with our families and friends and enjoying each other's company.
But it can instead be a lonely time when older people can feel that they are a burden on those closest to them.
This is why Spread the Warmth - Age Cymru's annual campaign to prevent thousands of older people in Wales suffering needlessly in winter, is so important.
Funds raised by Spread the Warmth are used to provide Winter Celebration Grants to groups across Wales so that we can bring some cheer to those who are alone or isolated at Christmas.
Latest research by Age Cymru has revealed that 22 per cent of older people in Wales are not looking forward to Christmas.
The study also revealed that one fifth of those who were not looking forward to Christmas said that it brought back too many memories of those who had passed away.
Age Cymru has set up a Spread the Warmth campaign to help tackle health, heating and loneliness issues for older people this winter.