Setting the direction for work that will address the needs of our ageing population, the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services launched the evaluation of the second phase of the Strategy for Older People in Wales.
Gwenda Thomas said:
“The Strategy for Older People was launched in 2003, and was the first strategy to be developed in the UK to address the opportunities that an ageing population affords us. It has received much acclaim and praise, both nationally and internationally. It has led to some real practical improvements in the lives of older people throughout Wales and has heralded groundbreaking developments that include the world’s first Older People’s Commissioner.
“However, we must not rest on our laurels. Age discrimination, dignity in care, demographic change and many other issues remain important for Wales’ future. This is why we have committed to evaluating the Strategy and to developing a new phase to begin in 2013. Older people in Wales will have the opportunity to input into that process – a chance to tell us what has worked and what has not. Perhaps most importantly, older people will have an opportunity to shape the future priorities of the Welsh Government."
There will be opportunities for older people to air their views at their local 50+ forum, or by visiting the Older People’s Strategy stand at the National Eisteddfod when it visits Wrexham from 30 July - 6 August. The evaluation will be issued in Spring 2012.
Mrs Thomas added:
“From your local forum to the National Eisteddfod; tell us what our priorities for older people should be.”