Although it was pounding with rain today it was amazing to see so many members arrive. I announced a few coming events and distributed the new program.

The session followed with Kevin who took the quiz. Everyone always enjoy quizzes with Kevin as he makes them laugh. Richard then arrived and the session followed with chair Yoga.

Dementia Club UK members doing chair yoga exercises taken by Richard
Dementia Club UK members doing chair yoga exercises taken by Richard

I finished with reading a few jokes which everyone enjoys and then a little sing-along and dancing. Everyone left with a smile.

My thanks to my volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn, Dr Angela and we also had a new volunteer today Chris who came from St Michael's Greek Orthodox Church in Golders Green. He heard me speak on Sunday to the congregation and wanted to attend the session.

Lisa was invited by Father Vasileios the priest in charge of the church to come and give a talk about dementia and her charity Dementia Club UK. Some of our members attended who gave out leaflets before Lisa started presenting. There was a lot of interest and questions asked afterwards whilst having a cup of tea later in the Church Hall.

Lisa presenting in the nave of St Michaels. The alter is behind the templon screen with Saints images painted on it
Lisa presenting in the nave of St Michaels. The alter is behind the templon screen with Saints images painted on it
Lisa talking about dementia and how Dementia Club UK can help sufferers and carers alike
Lisa talking about dementia and how Dementia Club UK can help sufferers and carers alike

We would like to thank Father Vasileios for inviting Lisa to speak and for hosting tea and sandwiches and cakes in the Church Hall after.

Lisa will be attending the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Cross & St Michael on Sunday, 10th September 2017 at The Riding, Golders Green Road, NW11 8HL.

Lisa will talk at the end of the Service about dementia and how Dementia Club UK can help those suffering with dementia and their carers to receive the information and advice they need and also have a better quality of life.

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Cross & St Michael September Programme
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Cross & St Michael September Programme

 

We welcomed a full capacity of guests today who enjoyed refreshments along with a quiz & music from the excellent James le Bec. Afterwards we played games, including table tennis, which was enjoyed by all age groups.

Full capacity, almost 50 people which included a few new members
Full capacity, almost 50 people which included a few new members

Two birthdays were celebrated . We enjoyed listening to a CD recorded by one of our guests from a while ago and hope to welcome everybody next month.

Alfonso playing dominoes at Sha'arei Tsedek in a Dementia Club UK session
Alfonso playing dominoes at Sha'arei Tsedek in a Dementia Club UK session

Written by session leader, Gilda

Members today had the pleasure of meeting a new entertainer singer called Clare who was first introduced to the Elstree & Borehamwood venue.

However before she started singing, James one of the careers wanted to say a few words to the members. He had a magazine article he wanted to read to everyone called the Power of Music. It was saying how music is therapeutic and helps us in many ways.

James reading an article about the Power of Music
James reading an article about the Power of Music

Another member Brian wanted to talk about his experience when he went to see another of the members in hospital. He described what he saw and how he was to see the other member and then he said how the 2 nurses were fantastic. It was lovely to hear him speak and express himself. DCUK likes to give members the opportunity to speak.

Brian talked about his experience visting another member in hospital
Brian talked about his experience visting another member in hospital

The session then continued with Clare who was absolutely amazing and got everyone singing and a few members dancing. There was very little time for anything else but everyone really had a great time. This is what DCUK is about. A time for everyone to forget about their day to day issues and just immerse themselves in the 2 hours at the session.

Alfonso dancing with Clare our fantastic new singer
Alfonso dancing with Clare our fantastic new singer

There was time at the end for some jokes. I read 3 jokes and had everyone leaving with a smile.

Thanks to my volunteers Melvyn, Eleanor and Dr Angela