At the Dementia Club today at Finchley Memorial I invited Martin Russell the Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet who presented a slide show to all the members explaining his role as the Queens representative and showing different events he attended. He then cut the cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday to the Queen followed by 3 cheers.

The Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet Martin Russell at the Dementia Club UK
The Deputy Lieutenant of Barnet Martin Russell at the Dementia Club UK

 

Martin Russell DL cutting a birthday cake to celebrate HM the Queens 90th Birthday
Martin Russell DL cutting a birthday cake to celebrate HM the Queens 90th Birthday

The session then followed with a sing along by Jonathan Fenton and his wife Carole accompanied by Caroline the pianist. Everyone enjoyed singing  various familiar songs. This was a great birthday celebration. Our Best Wishes to HM The Queen for her 90th birthday.

'Singalong' with Jonathan Fenton, Carole and Caroline
'Singalong' with Jonathan Fenton, Carole and Caroline

Arts Depot kindly hosted a lunch for 22 members of Dementia Club UK. We had a light lunch and we were shown around an exhibition which we all found interesting. It was also Marina’s birthday so we all celebrated as she brought 2 large chocolate cakes. Our thanks go to our hosts Estelle, Tim and Antonia for looking after us.

Lunch at Arts Depot for Dementia Club UK
Lunch at Arts Depot for Dementia Club UK
Lucy Whitman discusses her book “People with Dementia Speak Out”
Lucy Whitman discusses her book “People with Dementia Speak Out”

Today we had Lucy Whitman who came to present her book “People with Dementia Speak Out”. Lucy came with Andy Bellisario and her mum Dizi Conti, step dad Derek Norman and Lucy’s cousin Jo Farley. Also attended was Jane Moore. Jane read a story about the life of her mother, Lorna, which was very moving and in some parts funny. Lucy Whitman summarized to say that people with dementia is not the end, you can still have quality of life. This prompted one of the members of the group who got up to speak and say that she did not feel that dementia has reduced her quality of life.

Tija Hubej shows some dance steps to the Dementia Club UK
Tija Hubej shows some dance steps to the Dementia Club UK

The book reading session was followed by dancer Tija Hubej who studied Dance and Music at Ljubljana in Slovenia, She has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. Members were able to learn various dance steps from Italy, Hungary and Spain and also famous ballet dances. This inspired all the members to continue dancing to further Greek Music led by one of the members who knew the Zorba dance.

The Zorba Dance at Dementia Club UK
The Zorba Dance at Dementia Club UK
Sadie from Visbuzz showing the device
Sadie from Visbuzz showing the device

Zoe Garbett from Barnet Council and Sadie from Visbuzz came to show us a new communication device called Visbuzz. This is a one touch technology on a tablet. Visbuzz aims to connect people who don’t have social contact by providing them with a simple tablet which only allows video calls to family, friends, practice nurses etc. For more information visit:

http://visbuzz.com

Barnet Council are commissioning 100 of the devices for a pilot to residents who fit the criteria. See Barnet's web site: 

http://barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/search.html?keywords=visbuzz

Zoe Garbett from Barnet Council
Zoe Garbett from Barnet Council
Sgt John Hourihan Met Police
Sgt John Hourihan Met Police

Sgt John Hourihan, from Brunswick Park and Totteridge Neighbourhood Policing gave a talk about Community Safety providing tips for avoiding ‘scams’. He spoke about ‘smart water’ to mark and trace your goods if they are ever stolen. He had various safety products for doors and windows. Everybody was very interested and a lot of questions were asked on various policing matters.