London's TV Antique Expert Ian Towning and Dementia Club UK chairman Lisa Rutter
London's TV Antique Expert Ian Towning and Dementia Club UK chairman Lisa Rutter

We were delighted to welcome London's famous TV Antiques Expert Ian Towning to the Dementia Club UK Finchley Memorial Hospital venue. Members were interested to hear about Ian's life growing up and his professional life on a day to day basis at his shop Bourbon Hanby in Chelsea and on Channel 4’s hit series, Posh Pawn.

Ian Towning from TV's Posh Pawn interacting with members from Dementia Club UK
Ian Towning from TV's Posh Pawn interacting with members from Dementia Club UK

Members had previously been asked to bring in some items to be valued and to Ian's surprise the members did not let us down and had brought quite a number of interesting items. To some members astonishment they could not believe how valuable some of the items were.

Ian asking
Ian asking "Does this suit me"

There were some 18th century ink pads and pocket watches, some Victorian Jewellery and a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring. In fact the member that brought the sapphire ring in was previously only offered a few hundred pounds, Ian said it was worth a lot more.

Dementia Club UK group photo with Ian Towning
Dementia Club UK group photo with Ian Towning

The chairman of Dementia Club UK Lisa,  thanked Ian and his partner Les for attending today. Lisa said "Ian is a lovely person and the members really appreciated him staying for the whole session and interacting with all the members".

 

Dr Rhonda Cohen and Professor Trish Hafford-Lecthfiled from Middlesex University have received funding from the Saracens Sports Foundation to evaluate the impact of exercise and other psychosocial activities on the well -being of people with dementia and their carers in a community based setting.

A fundamental aspect of the research will be to evaluate the support provided by Dementia Clubs as a service in the community. The latest Dementia Club is being launched today 28th July 2016 at Hendon Town Hall by the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff. Dementia Club UK is one of his chosen charities during his Mayoral year.

Hendon & Finchley Press article on dementia research Middlesex University is conducting
Hendon & Finchley Press article on dementia research Middlesex University is conducting, click on the image above to read article

Dr Cohen said: “We’re very pleased that we’ve been awarded this funding by the Saracens Sports Foundation.  While research has shown that regular exercise can increase fitness and physical functioning in people with dementia, our study will provide a better understanding of the specific impact of Dementia Club activities on people with dementia and their carers.

“The results of our study will help develop new services locally and nationally in the future. This is particularly important as we understand that a national charity called Dementia Club UK is being developed.”

Dementia is a condition characterised by decreases in cognitive functioning. The number of people with the disease will substantially increase as more people live longer. The number of people in the UK with dementia is expected to rise from 850,000 in 2015 to just over two million by 2051*. This will have an impact on the quality of life for those with dementia and on their families and carers.

All Together Better Burnt Oak a local community group that aims to reduce isolation and loneliness formed a partnership with Wood Court Care Home and put on a 3 day holiday event for seniors from Wednesday 3rd August to Friday 5th August.

Dementia Club UK was invited to setup a stall to provide information about dementia
Dementia Club UK was invited to setup a stall to provide information about dementia

Dementia Club UK was invited to setup a stall to provide information about dementia on Friday 5th August. Lisa also joined in with some of the activities with the residents.

Lisa joining in with the activities at Wood Court Care Home
Lisa joining in with the activities at Wood Court Care Home

Alan Mordue from Barnet Council's Adults and Health Transformation Programme Commissioning Group came to give a talk about a recent questionnaire which is part of a public consultation to Barnet residents on the way the council delivers and organises adult social care in Barnet.

Alan Mordue from Barnet Council's Adults and Health Transformation Programme Commissioning Group
Alan Mordue from Barnet Council's Adults and Health Transformation Programme Commissioning Group

A further talk was followed by Susan Blackburn from Barnet Council's Sheltered Housing department who spoke to us about social housing and also about a new development in Mill Hill which will soon house people with mental health problems including dementia. More details will be provided in the near future which will include eligibility criteria.

Susan Blackburn from Barnet Council's Sheltered Housing department
Susan Blackburn from Barnet Council's Sheltered Housing department

We are delighted to have another new venue at the prestigious Hendon Town Hall. The launch was opened by the Mayor of Barnet Cllr. David Longstaff accompanied by the Mayoress Gillian Griffiths.

Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff officially opening the 5th Dementia Club UK venue at Hendon Town Hall
Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff officially opening the 5th Dementia Club UK venue at Hendon Town Hall
Trustees Peter Cragg & Anthony Cohen, Harley the therapy dog, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff & Chairman Cllr Lisa Rutter
Trustees Peter Cragg & Anthony Cohen, Harley the therapy dog, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff & Chairman Cllr Lisa Rutter

Also attending, Theresa Villiers MP for Chipping Barnet, Dr Rhonda Cohen sport and exercise psychologist who is head of London Sports Institute & Professor Trish Hafford-Lechfield both from Middlesex University. Dawn Wakeling Director of Adult Social Services, Nicole Babic from Barnet Carers Centre, members from Dementia Club UK, volunteers and Harley our Dementia friendly therapy dog. The chairman and Trustees thanked everybody for attending the launch.

Tija and Isabelle two of our volenteers
Tija and Isabelle two of our volunteers
Harley interacting with some of the members
Harley interacting with some of the members

We were very lucky to have the Ionian Clarinet Quartet who are part of a larger group - The Ionian Clarinet Choir who perform over North London and Hertfordshire fundraising for charities. We were delighted they were able to support and play at our event today. The quartet consisted of Rita, Ian, Ken and Adele.

Rita, Ian, Adele and Ken from the Ionian Clarinet Quartet
Rita, Ian, Adele and Ken from the Ionian Clarinet Quartet

Big thanks to Saracens for their continued support and thanks to the Mayor for choosing Dementia Club UK as one of his charities during his Mayoral year.

Trustee Anthony Cohen, Cllr Helena Hart, Theresa Villiers MP, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr Alison Cornelius & Mayoress Gillian Griffiths
Trustee Anthony Cohen, Cllr Helena Hart, Theresa Villiers MP, Mayor of Barnet Cllr David Longstaff, Cllr Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK, Cllr Alison Cornelius & Mayoress Gillian Griffiths

The Hendon Town Hall venue will be available every last Thursday of the month.