Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Karla’s Story

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My name is Karla   and I am writing this as a volunteer, peer-advocate supporting cancer sufferers and those caring for them. The COPA project is still in its early stages. We have undertaken training which was informative, serious but also fun. I have now seen 3 clients with varying issues. The staff at Age Connects Cardiff & Vale are very helpful and supportive making my fellow volunteers and I feel very much part of the team. I have a passion for the elderly as I believe they do not always get a fair deal, but they have so much to offer, a whole lifetime to look back on and some great experiences to relate. I guess it should be said that I am getting that way too, so really thankful that there are people out there who care enough to help (Hopefully not for a long time yet!!) So many of the older people I speak to, express the feeling that they still have a young mind, but it is trapped in an old body. I hope I always keep that in mind when chatting etc and treat people with the respect they deserve.

Retirement is great, but I am not interested in sitting round all day having coffee or lunching.

Karla - selfie  I think that even as we age,  we still need to be needed and appreciated. Personally I can’t    think of a better way to achieve that.

On a lighter note, I haven’t lived in the Cardiff area for long and am eternally grateful for my         GPS to help me find my way around. It is great to discover new places that I might otherwise      not have visited, and meet some delightful people that I would never, were it not for Age    Connects, had the pleasure of meeting.



Author: kathparson

Chief Executive of Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK)

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