Today’s session was led by Valerie one of the Trustees of Dementia Club UK and helped and assisted by Volunteers Annette and Theresa and Rotarians Dick Selby and his wife Valerie, Kuljit Singh and his wife Satwan and Michael Iacovou.

Valerie leading the session today
Valerie leading the session today

It was lovely to see so many members attend today and lovely to see Rotarian Dick and his wife Valerie in their Christmas jumpers. Lisa welcomed the members and introduced Valerie to lead the session.

Dick, Lisa and Valerie in festive jumpers
Dick, Lisa and Valerie in festive jumpers

Members started with some quizzes that Lisa prepared which members found challenging but with some clues provided was made easier. Annette also gave some Q and A’s which she had prepared which members found to be great fun.

Concentrating on the quiz
Concentrating on the quiz

It was then time for some Yoga exercises with Richard which members always enjoy. Richard extended his time today providing members with not only exercises but also some fun game activities. Richard always creates a fun way of exercising.

Everyone enjoyed the session and were given a Christmas cracker to take home. My thanks to all our volunteers again and also Kim from Stephens House & Gardens who was serving the teas and coffees today instead of Risom who was on other special duties.

Today's report is from session leader Justine:

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

The children from our nursery school then came in & sang some lovely songs about Chanukkah which all our members loved. The children were so cute & happy! They made everyone smile!

Children from the nursery school sang some Chanukkah songs
Children from the nursery school sang some Chanukkah songs

After a short while, a lovely lady called Jane did some fun exercises with our members which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

Jane leading the exercises
Jane leading the exercises

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!

After James left, the members continued to chat and there was also table tennis & darts! 22 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of six helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Dot, Judy & Keith.

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Lesley Imossi, Stephen Carr the local Area Director for Edgware Metro Bank, Lisa and Tracey–Emma Ekanem the local Business Manager
Lesley Imossi, Stephen Carr the local Area Director for Edgware Metro Bank, Lisa and Tracey–Emma Ekanem the local Business Manager

I was invited this evening as a guest speaker to an informal networking event at Metro Bank the Broad Walk Centre in Edgware to talk about my charity Dementia Club UK. I was delighted to meet Stephen Carr the local Area Director for Edgware and also Tracey–Emma Ekanem the local Business Manager.

I was pleased after my talk to meet all the people that attended. I would like to thank Metro Bank for hosting this event and I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about Dementia Club UK to raise more awareness about this terrible disease.

It was a rainy day but this did not stop members. This was a very busy session.

Nick one of the Trustees and Lisa’s son, attended the session to show members what he created with the figurines he took away with him last week. Nick made a long banner sticking all the figurines made by all members together. Everyone was so pleased to see their work. Members were really delighted and thanked and applauded Nick. The banner was held up by members and a photo was taken.

Members thrilled to see completed banner
Members thrilled to see completed banner

Nick also showed members the leaflet he made for the Christmas tree festival at Christ Church which everyone also liked very much.

Leaflet designed for the Christmas tree festival at Christ Church
Leaflet designed for the Christmas tree festival at Christ Church

The session then followed with a presentation from Samantha – a solicitor from Michael Anvoner & Company, a firm of solicitors based in Barnet. Her presentation was excellent and everyone was really interested to learn about Wills and Powers of Attorney. Samantha talked about some of the problems that occur with Wills and included some examples which was helpful. Whereas a Will looks after your assets when you die, a Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint one or more persons to look after your affairs when you don’t have the mental or physical capacity to do it yourself.

Samantha – a solicitor from Michael Anvoner & Company talking about Wills and Powers of Attorney
Samantha – a solicitor from Michael Anvoner & Company talking about Wills and Powers of Attorney

Samantha talked about the two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney. One which relates to your property and financial affairs and the second relating to your health and welfare. Again some very interesting examples were used which was very helpful.

Members had quite a few questions to ask. Samantha then gave out some leaflets and a voucher which would allow members to make an appointment and have their first consultation free of charge. Everyone thanked Samantha for her excellent presentation and advice.

The session then followed with a birthday celebration. It was Shital’s 63rd birthday two days ago and it was celebrated in the usual DCUK fashion.

Shital’s 63rd birthday
Shital’s 63rd birthday

Lisa then did a quick quiz asking members to provide answers to the questions using only 4 letters and the fourth letter to end in o. Members did really well. It was then time for some exercise and Lisa got all the members ready to do some whole body exercises which they all really enjoyed. It was then time to have a sing along to their favourite songs. Everyone had an enjoyable session and left with a smile.