Wales

The Strategy for Older People in Wales
Action

A national initiative from 2013-2023 that focuses on delivering the social, environmental and financial resources identified by Welsh seniors as the most important for ageing well.

Overview

This is the third phase of the Strategy for Older People in Wales, which began in 2003, and focuses on tackling three primary challenges:

  • Create a Wales where full participation is within the reach of all older people and their contribution is recognised and valued
  • Develop communities that are age-friendly while ensuring older people have the resources they need to live
  • Ensure that future generations of older people are well equipped for later life by encouraging recognition of the changes and demands that may be faced and taking early action in preparation

Older people were involved in the development process from an early stage, and helped shape the areas of policy focus in this strategy by identifying the main barriers they face in healthy ageing and social inclusion.

There is a timetable which outlines the actions that will be taken by the relevant actors over the 10 years in order to achieve the goals set out in the strategy. The government of Wales has established a number of both qualitative and quantitative indicators which will be used to monitor the progress of the program and adjust their approach as needed over the course of the initiative.

Impact

They will be measuring and aiming to achieve specific outcomes related to social resources, environmental resources, and financial resources.

  • Social resource focuses: Social participation, diversity, access to information, learning and activities, healthy ageing
  • Environmental resource focuses: Shared spaces, living in the community, transport, housing
  • Financial resource focuses: Pensions and other income, energy, financial inclusion, employment
Ageing Well in Wales - Heneiddio yn Dda yng Nghymru
Action

A national Programme hosted by the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. It brings together individuals and communities with public, private and voluntary sectors to develop and promote practical and innovative ways to make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone. The Ageing Well Programme is actively supported by Welsh Government and key national organisations. It has a rapidly growing network of members encompassing diverse organisations and interests across Wales. Strong links are also maintained with partners across Europe, reflecting Wales being awarded the highest three star Reference Site status as part of the EIP AHA.

Overview

The programme has five objectives:

  1. to make Wales a nation of age-friendly communities.
  2. to make Wales a nation of dementia-supportive communities.
  3. to reduce the number of falls.
  4. to reduce loneliness and unwanted isolation.
  5. to increase learning and employment opportunities.

 

Impact

Wales has 1.1 million over the age of 50. A high percentage is economically inactive, isolated and/or disadvantaged. The programme will develop sustainable solutions building from local networks with the Users voice central to policy and practice. It will have a focus on minimising dependence on hospital and social care through integrated transformation programmes particularly for frail elderly and vulnerable groups. It will target areas of high inequalities and deprivation working though designated areas and forums to ensure that inequalities do not widen as the increase in healthy years increases.