Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Silver Dreams/Macmillan Project: Cancer, older people and advocacy

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We are very happy to be working on an exciting, innovative partnership project supporting older people affected by cancer. My name is Kath Parson I am the Chief Executive of the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance, otherwise known as OPAAL.

OPAAL led a partnership of six advocacy provider organisations to develop the framework that with the support of the Silver Dreams Fund and Macmillan is now being run in Dorset through Dorset Advocacy and Help & Care Bournemouth; The Beth Johnson Foundation Stoke on Trent and Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre.

Advocacy is all about Voice, Choice and Control and this project is about putting that into practice. Older patients and carers are being trained as independent peer advocates to support those affected by cancer to access the information and treatment they need. OPAAL and Macmillan Cancer Support aim to demonstrate that with independent advocacy support older cancer patients are better able to make informed decisions about their treatment and care and access the curative treatments they need and deserve.

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Author: kathparson

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

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