Commissioner's Blog

  • Have you had your flu jab yet?


    Nicola Meredith, is a Nurse in Public Health Wales and offers some insight into why your flu vaccine is important as winter approaches.

  • Human Rights Day 2015: Making Rights Real for Older People


    I am a human rights based Commissioner. I believe in human rights. I believe in their power to create a more just and equal society, their power to provide a moral compass in difficult times, guiding us on what is right and what is wrong, and their power to provide a framework for the delivery of public services. All of us should hold rights dear and play our parts in protecting and promoting people’s rights, in making rights real, not just for some but for everyone.

  • Response to Learning from Trusted to Care One Year On Report


    I welcome the clear improvement that has taken place to address the issues that led to the previously unacceptable quality of care and standards of service at Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals...

  • When did you last get your eyes checked?


    For National Eye Health Week (21 to 27 September 2015) Ceri Jackson, director of RNIB Cymru and Chair of the Wales National Eye Health Week advisory group, offers some top tips on looking after our eyes.

  • Creating Joy through Live Music


    In this week's blog, guest blogger Robert Aitken, Director of Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales, highlights the importance of creating joy through live music.

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015


    Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day where individuals and organisations across the globe raise awareness of and speak out against the abuse of older people and the crimes that are perpetrated against them.

  • Dementia Friendly Brecon


    This week, our Engagement Coordinator, Kate Hughes, highlights her recent visit to Brecon, the first community in Wales to be publicly recognised by Alzheimer's Society for their work towards becoming dementia-friendly.

  • Dementia Awareness Week 2015


    This week – as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2015 – I announced that I have commissioned Age Cymru to capture the voices and experiences of older people in Wales living with dementia on my behalf, raising awareness of the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives and making real my commitment to give a voice back to those whose voices may have grown quieter.

  • Men’s Sheds Cymru


    One of the issues I have highlighted consistently as Commissioner, an issue that is reaching epidemic proportions in Wales, is loneliness and isolation among older people.

  • A Debt of Gratitude


    I spend much of my time out and about across Wales, meeting with the people that I represent as Commissioner, often just sitting down quietly and chatting over a cup of tea. They are generous enough to share their lives and experiences with me, often talking about who they were and the things they had done before they were labelled as older people. By spending time with these older people, I have come to understand something very simple: we need to see behind the label and remember who older people once were. In doing so, we remember that we have a debt of gratitude to them as well, something that has been poignantly highlighted this week by the BBC in their ‘Our Greatest Generation’ programmes, which are commemorating the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

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