As usual we had so many members today, we had 4 new members. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave everyone a quiz to start with which all enjoyed.

We then celebrated 2 birthdays. Miltis’s birthday on 15th October will be 84 years old and Ruth’s birthday which was on the 6th October. Both were celebrated in the usual DCUK fashion.

Dr Angela then gave members an update about the Flu jab and suggested that everyone should book their Flu jabs with their GP's as the FMH chemist this year is in short supply. Dr Angela also advised everyone that they should check before they have the vaccine to make sure that they have the ‘adjuvanted vaccine’ as this is the vaccine which has the extra ingredients for older age to help them develop a stronger defence.

The session then followed with some singing and name that tune and then bingo which is a real favourite. Lisa then played their favourite songs ‘Coming Round the Mountain’, the ‘Birdy song’ and the ‘Hokey Kokey’. This got members up dancing including the new members. The finale dance was the Zorba dance which Lisa got all members moving by exercising to the music. Everyone was buzzing with joy.

It was then time for the Tovertafel and we also had our new members round the table. It was lovely to see how members interacted with the games with smiles. It was a really fun pack afternoon.

Thank you to our volunteers Melvyn and Eleanor for their help today during the session and Dr Angela.

 

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This was a very busy session. Everyone enjoys coming to Stephens House. The mood amongst members today was lots of chatting.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave you updates about coming events. Lisa then gave out the songs sheets and a couple of songs were sung but the mood was not for singing today. Lisa played ‘Coming Round the Mountain’ and that was like flicking the lights on. Everyone was singing.

Tita celebrating her birthday with Rosetta.
Tita celebrating her birthday with Rosetta.

We also had a birthday today to celebrate for Tita who was 85 years old and everyone sang Happy Birthday. Richard then attended and everyone was ready to do some exercises. Richard did extra time today with members which was really enjoyed.

Richard leading the exercises
Richard leading the exercises

Thank you to our volunteers Mark my husband and Rotarians Valerie and Ian and it was also a pleasure to see Adrian. As always Risom is amazing looking after the members with tea and coffee and serving the lovely cakes.

James one of the carers was invited by the Whittington Hospital on the 27th September to give a speech to clinicians. His speech was very moving talking about his dear wife Mollie, the challenges of dealing with dementia and a few tips for carers. James has allowed us to re-print here.

James's speech to the Whittington
James's speech to the Whittington

Today was a very busy session and although Lisa had to set up the session by herself, she was delighted to be joined later by Eleanor and Dr Angela. As usual carers always also step up to help with teas and coffees.

Lisa welcomed everyone and informed them about the good news with the BBC visit and how the film which was produced has generated a lot of viewers.

It was a pleasure to welcome back 2 of our members Helen and Chrystalla who have been away on holiday to Cyprus for 3 months. Members were delighted to see them.

We also had a visitor - Sally Larner from Barnet Council Prevention and Wellbeing Team and Lisa welcomed her.

It was also a pleasure to see Dr Angela today who had some news to deliver to members about this year’s flu vaccine. Dr Angela informed us that as the effectiveness of flu vaccines has declined, this year’s flu vaccine contains extra ingredients designed to help aged immune systems develop a stronger defence against flu. It is hoped the “adjuvanted vaccine” will help ease pressures on the health service. The only problem however is that there is a low stock at the moment. Dr Angela is however trying to organise for members who want to have their flu vaccine at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

James one of the carers then wanted to read to members his speech he gave at the Whittington Hospital on the 27th September. His speech was very moving talking about his dear wife Mollie, the challenges of dealing with dementia and a few tips for carers. Lisa will be adding the speech to the website.

As Lisa was very busy with members needing to talk to her, Eleanor stepped up to take the session leading members with some singing from Lisa’s song sheets. The session then followed with Lisa giving members some exercises and fall prevention exercises and then followed with everyone’s favourite song ‘Coming Round the Mountain’.

Lisa then read out a few jokes for members which everyone enjoyed and laughed and the last part of the session followed with members playing Tovertafel and other games.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

The BBC have published a film after their visit to a Dementia Club UK Session at Finchley Memorial Hospital. The Tovertafel mentioned in the film was donated to the hospital by Dementia Club UK for the use by the community.