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Sarah Rochira is the new Older People's Commissioner for Wales, becoming the second person to take on the elderly champion's role, having succeeded Ruth Marks on April 4th 2012.
The world's first Older People's Commission was created by the Welsh government in 2008 to secure support, advice and advocacy for the elderly.
A director of the Royal National Institute for the Blind prior to this new position, as Commisioner Sarah Rochira's role over the next four years will be to ensure that the interests of people aged 60 and over in Wales are safeguarded and promoted. As an ambassador and authority on older people’s issues, Mrs. Rochira will speak up on their behalf and perhaps most importantly, work to ensure that older people themselves can influence the way in which important public services are managed and delivered in Wales.
The Commissioner is a source of information, advocacy and support for older people in Wales and their representatives. As well as looking at the interests of older people as a whole, she can also look at:
The new commissioner Sarah Rochira has been appointed to the role for an initial four-year period, renewable once.