Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:
“I welcome today’s publication of the Welsh Government’s consultation on tackling loneliness and social isolation and their commitment to developing a national conversation about this important issue.
“Loneliness and social isolation affect more than 1 in 4 older people in Wales and can lead to a range of detrimental physical and mental health impacts, equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
“Whilst I welcome the Minister’s commitment to securing the best possible health, well-being and quality of life for all people in Wales, it is important that the Welsh Government’s approach reflects the specific needs of our ageing society.
“Tackling loneliness and social isolation is a vital part of my aim to make Wales the best place in the world to grow older and I will continue to work with the Welsh Government to develop their forthcoming strategy.”