8: In this podcast we meet three individuals who work to support older people’s health and wellbeing.  

The population in the UK is getting older with 18% aged 65 and over and 2.4% aged 85 and over1- a major achievement of modern science and healthcare. However, the ageing of the population challenges the UK’s model of service provision.

Later in the episode we’ll be focusing on dementia and how people with the condition can be supported to lead healthy lives. Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common of which is Alzheimer's disease3. Our guest Robert Saddler has started a dementia cafe in Cardiff Central Library and he’ll be telling us about how it came about.

Firstly, we made a trip to Cardiff Bay to talk with Iwan and Steven from Ageing Well in Wales who are well placed to give us an overview of the health and wellbeing issues facing people aged 50+ .


Our next interview focuses on the creation of Cardiff Library’s Dementia Cafe. Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but factors like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.

We met Robert Saddler from Cardiff Central Library to find out about becoming a dementia champion and the activities they put on at the library. 


  1. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/articles/overviewoftheukpopulation/july2017
  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535187/gs-16-10-future-of-an-ageing-population.pdf)
  3. https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=what-is-dementia#.WYSNCbbau9I


Public Health Wales’ webs resources for older people- http://www.wales.nhs.uk/healthtopics/populations/olderpeople

Ageing well in Wales- http://www.ageingwellinwales.com/en/home

Information about Cardiff Library Activities- https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Libraries-and-archives/Find-a-library/Pages/Central-Library.aspx


Yn y podlediad hwn rydym yn cyfarfod â thri unigolyn sydd yn gweithio i gefnogi iechyd a lles pobl hŷn.  

Mae’r boblogaeth yn y DU yn mynd yn hŷn gyda 18% o bobl yn 65 oed ac yn hŷn a 2.4% yn 85 oed ac yn  hŷn1- cyflawniad sylweddol gwyddoniaeth a gofal iechyd modern. Fodd bynnag, mae’r ffaith fod y boblogaeth yn heneiddio yn herio model y DU o ddarparu gwasanaeth.

Yn nes ymlaen yn y bennod hon byddwn yn canolbwyntio ar ddementia a’r ffordd y gellir cefnogi pobl â’r cyflwr i fyw bywydau iach. Mae dementia’n cael ei achosi gan nifer o glefydau sy’n effeithio ar yr ymennydd.  Y mwyaf cyffredin o’r rhain yw clefyd Alzheimer3. Mae ein gwestai Robert Saddler wedi dechrau caffi dementia yn Llyfrgell Ganolog Caerdydd a bydd yn dweud wrthym sut y daeth i fod.

Yn gyntaf, aethom i Fae Caerdydd i siarad ag Iwan a Steven o Heneiddio’n Dda yng Nghymru sydd mewn sefyllfa dda i roi trosolwg i ni o’r materion iechyd a lles y mae pobl 50+ oed yn eu hwynebu.


Mae ein cyfweliad nesaf yn canolbwyntio ar greu Caffi Dementia Llyfrgell Caerdydd. Mae mathau gwahanol o ddementia yn effeithio ar yr ymennydd ar gyfraddau gwahanol ac mewn ffyrdd gwahanol, ond bydd ffactorau fel amgylchiadau personol rhywun, y bobl o’u hamgylch a’r amgylchedd lle maent yn byw, yn effeithio ar eu profiad o ddementia.  Mae dementia yn datblygu mewn ffordd sy’n unigryw i bob unigolyn.

Fe wnaethom gyfarfod â Robert Saddler o Lyfrgell Ganolog Caerdydd i ganfod mwy am fod yn hyrwyddwr dementia a’r gweithgareddau y maent yn eu cynnal yn y llyfrgell. 


  1. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/articles/overviewoftheukpopulation/july2017
  2. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535187/gs-16-10-future-of-an-ageing-population.pdf)
  3. https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=what-is-dementia#.WYSNCbbau9I


Adnoddau gwe Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru ar gyfer pobl hŷn- http://www.wales.nhs.uk/healthtopics/populations/olderpeople

Heneiddio’n dda yng Nghymru- http://www.ageingwellinwales.com/en/home

Gwybodaeth am Weithgareddau Llyfrgell Caerdydd- https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Libraries-and-archives/Find-a-library/Pages/Central-Library.aspx





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7: In this episode, we focus on gambling as a public health issue and visit a therapy centre in Cardiff where problem gamblers are supported to overcome their addiction. Figures from the 2017 conference on excessive gambling in Wales show that an average of £675 per adult in Wales is spent on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals with each machine taking an average of £3000 per day.

More Information: 'National Assembly for Wales’ ‘In Brief’ on gambling as a public health issue
Link to June Programme and statistics for Wales’ Excessive Gambling Conference
Living Room Cardiff’s Beat The Odds service


6: In this episode, we’re talking drugs and alcohol. Wales is unique within the UK as there is a unified substance misuse strategy Working Together to Reduce Harm: The Substance Misuse Strategy for Wales 2008-2018, addressing both drugs, alcohol and poly drug use. We all know that substance misuse can be harmful to health in both the short and long term but what are the biggest issues in Wales?

We begin the episode by speaking with Matthew Rafferty from New Link Wales about the trends in substance misuse he sees as both a practitioner and staff trainer. 
Later on, we speak with Andrew Misell, Director of Alcohol Concern Cymru. As well as causing serious health problems, long-term alcohol misuse can lead to social problems, such as unemployment, divorce, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Public Health Wales information on substance misuse- www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/72997 
New Link Wales website- www.newlinkwales.org.uk/ 
Alcohol Concern Cymru’s website- www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/Pages/Catego…oncern-cymru
Talk to Frank, a good resource for information about names, effects and legality of various drugs- www.talktofrank.com/








5: In this podcast, Public Health Wales’ Health and Sustainability Hub talks to Professor Mark Bellis, Executive Director of the Policy, Research and International Development Directorate, about some of the opportunities in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 for public health, including to address adverse childhood experiences.







4: In this episode we focus on trans, non-binary and non-gender people’s equity of access to health care services in Wales. We interview a service user and trans activist along with a public health practitioner from the NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights.

Further information:

Link to support groups - https://www.gires.org.uk/the-wiki
Link to e-learning modules - https://www.gires.org.uk/training



National LGB&T Partnership- Trans Health Factsheet on General Healthcare (nationallgbtpartnershipdotorg.files.wordpress.com/…nationallgbtpartnershipdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/trans-health-factsheet-general-healthcare-final-may2016.pdf)

Transgender in Wales (TiW) is part of the Unity Group Wales co-operative of LGBT organisations, delivering support for those who relate to being transgender and also supporting their partners, family and friends. (www.tiw.unityproject.org.uk/Website_cur…opment.html)



3: In this episode we focus on sun safety and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK but is also the one that is the most preventable. This episode features two separate interviews, one with Maura Matthews from Tenovus Cancer and Dr Rachel Abbott, a consultant dermatologist.

Links for further info:

Tenovus Cancer Care's Here Comes The Sun campaign- www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/your-healt…s-the-sun/

Cancer Research UK's 'Sun Smart' tips-


Cardiff and Vale Patient Stories- www.cardiffandvaleuhb.wales.nhs.uk/news/44816

macmillan- types of skin cancer www.macmillan.org.uk/information-an…cer-types.html







2:In this episode, we interview two development officers working with community members in Caerphilly. Ross Thomas and Ceri Smith tell us how investing time in local people has helped them to gain an insight into the challenges that some of their clients with mental health issues face on a daily basis.

More information for practitioners can be found by visiting:
Mind Cymru: www.mind.org.uk/about-us/mind-cymru/
Gofal: www.gofal.org.uk
Hafal (for supporting people in recovery): www.hafal.org
The information in the introduction of this podcast is sourced from Public Health Wales' public-facing pages: www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/69971

Note- since this interview was conducted, funding for the Communities First programme which employed Ross and Ceri has been discontinued. If you are a practitioner looking for examples of mental health projects, you can visit our Shared Practice Directory.

Podcast episode produced by Helen Green and Sorin Annuar

1: In this episode, we visit the British Heart Foundation offices in Cardiff to ask what public health practitioners should know about heart health.

Public Health Wales collates data on the levels of coronary heart disease in the Welsh population: Health Needs Assessment 2006: Health Status and Key Determinants. Such data allows significant trends and any particular groups of the population affected to be identified. Rates of heart disease are significantly higher in the more deprived areas of Wales, meaning that addressing heart disease can help to reduce health inequalities.

You can find more information about the work of the British Heart Foundation at https://www.bhf.org.uk

The information in the introduction of the podcast has been sourced from http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/43825

Podcast episode produced by Helen Green and Sorin Annuar 


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers, and do not necessarily represent those of Public Health Network Cymru, the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research, Public Health Wales or the National Health Service.


This podcast was produced in cooperation with Helen Green and the National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research.



Ymwadiad: Y safbwyntiau a'r farn a fynegir yn y podlediad hwn yw rhai'r siaradwyr, ac nid ydynt o reidrwydd yn cynrychioli rhai Rhwydwaith Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru, Y Ganolfan Genedlaethol ar gyfer Ymchwil ar Iechyd a Llesiant y Boblogaeth, Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru na'r Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol.


Cynhyrchwyd y podlediad hwn mewn cydweithrediad â Helen Green a'r Ganolfan Genedlaethol ar gyfer Ymchwil ar Iechyd a Llesiant y Boblogaeth.




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