The images below were taken during the Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Lisa was invited to give a talk about 'Understanding Dementia' at the Parish Hall at St Andrews Church in Totteridge.

Tea, coffee and pastries were served before the talk which started at 20:00. The hall was filled with people including about 8 of or own Dementia Club UK members. The hall had very nice facilities which allowed the use of a projector to show presentation slides and an induction loop system which allowed people with hearing problems to hear.

 

A lot of people approached Lisa after the talk who themselves have lost loved ones and shared their experiences.

We would like to thank Marion Archibald, Church Warden, Reverend Tim and Lindy Seago for inviting us and organising the event. A collection was taken at the end of presentation and it was humbling to receive £367.00 which will go towards keeping Dementia Club UK running.

Our Wednesday dementia club at Finchley Memorial Hospital is always so full. Everyone always looks forward to coming. It was lovely warm day and Lisa announced that if the weather was warm again next week she would bring ice creams. Everyone cheered.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave them the updates and details of the next outing to Southend on the 3rd July.

It was one of the members birthday a few days ago and Lisa surprised Sayeed who is 85 years old with a small birthday cake and candle and everyone sang happy birthday. Sayeed was very overwhelmed.

The session followed with a game of bingo and this time we played for full house. They enjoy playing bingo and the prize today was won by Peter and Dawn which was a colourful donkey. They were very pleased.

After the bingo, we did some singing with the song sheets and as Doris Day recently died, members wanted to sing Que Sera Sera first. The session then followed with Lisa doing some chair exercises with everyone and then the last part of the session was followed playing Tovertafel.

Everyone left with a smile. Thank you to our volunteers today Angela, Rosa and Mark our Trustee

It was good to see a few of our usual members today. This is a really lovely venue. Lisa welcomed everyone and provided some painting and colouring for them to do which they enjoyed doing whilst chatting and having their teas and cakes.

Although Lisa had no volunteers today, the carers step up to help with making teas. One of the members was very keen to do some exercises and was looking forward to seeing Richard our chair yoga instructor. Everyone always enjoys the exercises with Richard as he makes exercising fun.

 

The session then followed with James Le Bec and his music entertainment. James played some lovely music and a few of the members were up dancing. The quiz ‘name that tune’ is always great fun too and a challenge throwing the dice to get a six. It was an enjoyable session.

Thank you to Melissa and Bob, Danielle and Viv for helping setting up the tables and chairs and throughout the session.

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 13th May at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.

Our members were served tea, coffee and lovely biscuits and cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

The lovely Jane engaged our members with fun exercises which they thoroughly enjoyed!

This was followed by a lively session of entertainment provided by the very talented James LeBec. James sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It was great fun! The atmosphere was fantastic! James announced that we had won April's Quiz of the Month!

He presented us with a box of Celebration chocolates which all the members ate! (and volunteers!) It was Stephen (one of our lovely volunteers) birthday at the weekend and we gave him a surprise birthday cake and sang 'Happy Birthday' to him. He was very chuffed!

After James left, the members continued to chat and there was also table tennis & darts for those that wanted to play! 24 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Keith, Dot & Judy.