It has been over 2 weeks since the BBC presented a documentary film on Dementia Club UK. See the following link if you want to watch it on iPlayer.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fbpq

The cold and wet weather didn’t stop members attending today. Lisa welcomed everyone and provided some word searches and a quiz to do whilst they were enjoying their teas/coffees and cakes.

Lisa then gave members an update about the programme for this week and just before Eon arrived Mark read out the answers to the quiz. As usual members thought the quiz was hard but they always enjoy the challenge.

There was a birthday to celebrate today. Although Pat’s birthday is on Thursday her daughter Lisa wanted to do a surprise birthday for her today and brought a big chocolate birthday cake. Lisa also brought a little visitor today Zariya who is 2 years old. Members enjoyed having Zariya and Zariya also enjoyed the fussing.

As usual a birthday is celebrated the Dementia club UK fashion with a fireworks cake candle. Pat was very overwhelmed by her surprise birthday and was very happy. Everyone enjoyed the cake too.

Eon was by now ready for members to do their exercises and as usual Eon makes everyone work hard but it’s also great fun. It was good to work off some of the cake.

The session then followed with music entertainment with Wayne and Charlie who today also brought in a Karaoke machine so that members were able to have a sing along and also were able to read the song words on the television screen. Everyone had great fun and a lot of many were up dancing.

Thank you today for Theresa Animashaun who came to volunteer and also Mark for helping throughout the session.

We had a few visitors today from local organisations. We had Karen Rides and Beatrice Bennai from Bluebird Care Camden & Hampstead and we also had Miles Maier – Older Carers Wellbeing Coordinator from Camden Carers Centre.

It was also a pleasure to meet the new General Manager of Kentish Town Leisure Centre – George Woodfield. Lisa and Adriana welcomed everyone and also welcomed 3 new members who came for the first time today.

Muz and Faz had lots of interesting activities to entertain members at this session including Word Searches, colouring in pictures and table tennis. Muz also introduced some new activities today which members really enjoyed. There was a famous faces game where everyone had to remember the positions and then match the pairs of famous faces.

One of the members James also introduced Scattergories which our visitors enjoyed playing. A big thank you to James for suggesting this game today.

After the activities and table tennis, the session then followed with music entertainment and singing and dancing led by Aaron. He got everyone up and dancing with his rendition of classics like Que Sera Sera and the Hokey Cokey.

Thank you to Adriana, Lisa, Aaron and Muz and Faz for a fantastic session.

A very busy session as usual. We also had 4 new members today. Lisa welcomed everyone and provided some programme updates and other news. Lisa welcomed and introduced a new volunteer today – Assunta from The London Academy.

Her mother works at The Finchley Memorial Hospital in the Wards upstairs and Assunta wanted to come and volunteer as she has hopes to become a doctor one day.

Lisa then introduced James one of the carers who wanted to say a few words. ‘James read a number of letters he had written to his old RAF Base when he was a regular in the RAF in Egypt in the 1950s. He wanted a beret and cat badge of his old team as he was very proud to serve. He eventually got his beret and cat badge a few days ago and he is looking forward to wearing it at the next official engagement.

He has also been invited at the Officers Mess at RAF High Wycombe for lunch which he is looking forward to.’ Members were very pleased to hear James’s talk.

The session then followed with a quiz and then Lisa put on some music for members to sing along which they enjoyed. This prepared members as they were ready when Ian James our music entertainer then arrived. Everyone enjoyed Ian’s choice of music and there was a lot of dancing and singing. It was a very enjoyable session.

Thank you today to our volunteers Melvyn, Melissa, Angela Chen and Marina who I thank very much not only for her help throughout the session but also for taking the mugs home last week and washing them in her dishwasher. The mugs are now gleaming white.

Thank you also to Assunta for her help today and of course to our Mark.

Lisa welcomed visitors and residents of Carlton Court whist they were enjoying their teas/coffees and wonderful cakes . As the music entertainer Aaron was getting ready, Lisa started a sing song with everyone to get them warmed up. Everyone likes to hear She’ll be Coming around the mountain’ and ‘Que Sera Sera’

Aaron then played some music favourites which got everyone smiling and some singing and dancing. This of course included the carer staff.

The music quiz is another favourite for everyone especially as they get to throw the dice. A lot of cheating to try and get a six but no one minds! It’s so much fun. After the music, visitors and the residents had the opportunity to try our fabulous interactive game table.

“A good laugh and a cuppa are the two best cures for anything”