Today’s session was led by Eleanor:

"We started off with two quizzes, ‘Find The Football Teams’, with gaps left for letters to be filled in and ‘Complete The Proverb’ where the last word of the saying was missing. Both proved popular and there was fierce competition between the members at each table!

Eleanor then read an extract from ‘Somebody I Used to Know’, a book recently published by Wendy Mitchell who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 at the age of 58. It was a very moving account of the day Wendy got lost in her office at work. There wasn’t a sound in the room as Eleanor read.

Next it was time for a sing along to some old favourites, including It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner. It was lovely to see so many members joining in and the gentleman and ladies responded to the challenge of singing a verse each on their own!

We finished with two games of card bingo which is popular with everyone.

My thanks to our volunteers, Melvyn and Eva, and to all the carers who helped set up the activities and cleared up afterwards"

The session today was from session leader Danielle:

“The third meet-up with Rotary Clubs of Edgware & Stanmore and Northwick Park was buzzing, and included two new lovely families. It started with an update from Lisa, who outlined the forthcoming outing.

We enjoyed her colouring-in books, whilst chatting and networking over tea, biscuits and cake. Particularly delighted to welcome the District Governor of Rotary in London, Mike Hodge, who chose Dementia as his theme for the year.

Ron did a great job entertaining us with his music
Ron did a great job entertaining us with his music

Richard managed to get everyone doing chair yoga with his usual humour and Ron did a great job entertaining us with his music. Nearly everyone in the room got up to dance. President Mollie of Northwick Park was able to perfect her salsa moves and thanks to her fellow club members Helen and Ritu for catering.

Lots of activity continued with table tennis, putting golf, darts, giant noughts & crosses and giant dominoes. Rotarians from Edgware & Stanmore showed up in force as ever, including Selwyn who delighted us with his singing, Dr Nandini, Suresh, Angelie, Ronnie Preston, Mike & Anne Turner and President Danielle’s partner, Marcel. As ever, Beryl made sure the venue was ready for use. Smiles all round, a fun afternoon!“

We had lots of activities today at Stephens House. Lisa started the session with a quiz which was lead by Mark one of the Trustees. Everyone enjoyed the quiz especially grateful for the little clues from Mark.

Chair yoga with Richard
Chair yoga with Richard

The session then followed with yoga with Richard which members always look forward to. Lisa then brought out various games like table tennis, giant nought and crosses, darts, Putting golf and dominoes. Members enjoyed the various games.

Thanks to our Rotary volunteers Valerie, Michael and Dick. We also had a new volunteer today Pearl Palmer. Thank you also to Mark for his help and also Risom for helping with serving the teas.

Members today enjoyed various activities starting with colouring pictures and then enjoyed Kevin’s quiz.

As it was a lovely hot day Lisa then suggested some exercises outside which everyone enjoyed and then followed by some music and dancing to a few favourites. The session then followed with various games including Tovertafel which is a favourite.

Lovely hot day at Finchley Memorial today
Lovely hot day at Finchley Memorial today

My thank to Eva one of the students who attended to help at the session. Also thanks to Mark one of the Trustees who helped set up. As I was short of volunteers today I would like to thank some of the carers who stepped up to help with clearing up and washing up at the end.

Today we celebrated two carers birthdays, Pam's birthday on the 29th April and Father Spiros who was celebrating his 89th birthday today. The birthdays were celebrated in the usual Dementia Club UK fashion.

Pam's birthday for the 29th April
Pam's birthday for the 29th April
Father Spiros's 89th birthday
Father Spiros's 89th birthday

We had a general knowledge quiz, some jokes were told by Lisa and then Moshe the musical entertainer arrived who played lots of popular songs that people could sing a long with. He also did some requests for some of the members to sing karaoke style. Everyone had a really lovely time singing and dancing.

James leading the singing
James leading the singing
Terry doing some Frank Sinatra
Terry doing some Frank Sinatra

My thanks to Mark and Nick, two of our trustees who helped in the session today.