Dementia Voice: Karen's story
Karen, who is living with dementia, helps out at our Welsh staff Welcome Days.
'It doesn't matter how far you are on your journey, you can still contribute your views and experiences.'
Karen Kitch is involved with our Welsh staff Welcome Days.
How did it feel to be asked to do the Welcome Day in Wales?
It felt great to be asked. By enabling staff to understand my journey, I'm able to help others who may be in the same situation.
What was the experience like?
It was a lovely day and being able to share my experience was good. I'm involved in a theatre company that uses drama to showcase our journey as people living with dementia. For me, people learn best when they hear directly from the person living the experience. Being there in person also has delivers more impact.
How did you feel leaving the Welcome Day?
It benefits me attending events like today and I'm glad that people living with dementia are encouraged and given the option to be involved in events like the Welcome Day. It doesn't matter how far you are on your journey, you can still contribute your views and experiences. Being part of something is a form of support too. Opportunities like this have helped me to live well with dementia and to achieve something positive.