We started the session today with a quiz naming the A List Celebrities. I gave them the first names and they had to guess the surname.

I also introduced our visitor Andrea Hutter informing them that later this month Andrea will be Ladies Captain at South Herts Golf Club and has nominated Dementia Club UK as her charity for the year. Members were delighted to hear this news.

One of the Carers then James read 2 poems about Remembrance Sunday. The session then followed with chair yoga exercise with Richard. Andrea was also pleased to join in. The session then followed with some singing and as usual the social activities.

One of the members came across this safety device - a locking cooker valve which might be useful to others, see video below:

What is a locking cooker valve? from Cadent on Vimeo.

Chair exercises with Richard, watched by Andrea Hutter (sitting near the door).
Chair exercises with Richard, watched by Andrea Hutter (sitting near the door).

"As usual, we enjoyed the entertainment from James le Bec and he was ably supported by one of our guests who gave a wonderful spontaneous rendition of a Frank Sinatra song.

One of our members singing a Frank Sinatra song
One of our members singing a Frank Sinatra song

We also danced and sang our way through all the old favourites. We were joined by a group of potential volunteers hoping to start their own group and who also joined in the activities We played games, had a quiz and look forward to seeing our friends on December 4th.”

Report from session leader Gilda

We also had visitors today from Rotary Club of Edgware and Stanmore - Danielle Benson President of Rotary Club of Edgware and Stanmore and other Rotarians - Dr Nandini Varma, Mrs Sonia Hirsh and Peter Bradley. They attended to observe how a session is run with the view of setting up a similar dementia club in association with Dementia Club UK. They enjoyed watching the session.

Lisa spoke at St Katherine's Church about how Dementia Club UK can help sufferers of Dementia and their carers
Lisa spoke at St Katherine's Church about how Dementia Club UK can help sufferers of Dementia and their carers. She was joined by a few of the members who helped to distribute some leaflets.

One of members today Chrystalla celebrated her 89th birthday and this was celebrated in the usual DCUK fashion.

Chrystalla celebrated her 89th birthday at Dementia Club UK
Chrystalla celebrated her 89th birthday at Dementia Club UK

We also had 2 visitors. I introduced our first visitor Serena Dhaliwal who is a Development Assistant Producer of Boundless. From the makers of Channel 4’s Grand Designs and BBC ‘s The Apprentice, Boundless are putting together a unique exciting expedition of a lifetime for anyone over the age of 65. Members were certainly very excited to hear this. Serena stayed for most of the session and also interacted with members.

 Serena Dhaliwal who is a Development Assistant Producer of Boundless TV Company
Serena Dhaliwal who is a Development Assistant Producer of Boundless TV Company

I then introduced our second visitor - Linda Gilling Director of the British Reflexology Association came to talk today to members about the benefits of reflexology. She brought her special chair to show us which looks like a luxury sun bed which elevates your legs. Linda explained how every part of a foot plays an important part to your Wellbeing as there are many pressure points. It is still unfortunately not recognised by GPs to refer patients but Linda gave us a few real life stories of how she has made a difference to many people’s lives.

Linda Gilling Director of the British Reflexology Association
Linda Gilling Director of the British Reflexology Association

Linda then asked if anyone wanted to experience a short treatment and Marina one of the carers wanted to take this opportunity. Linda performed this infront of all members who watched attentively as Marina was being treated. A full treatment would normally take one hour but Marina’s treatment was only 10 minutes. Marina did however feel very relaxed after even after a short time.

The session then followed with a Halloween quiz. Lisa surprised members when she put on a witches hat during the quiz. Everyone was very amused. The winner of the quiz who most answers correct in fact was also given a witches hat.

Before moving on to the next part of the session, Lisa read out a few jokes which everyone always enjoy. Members were now ready for the exercise part of the session which Lisa took and was then followed by games and some singing.

Lisa had no volunteers today but this was not a problem as carers offered to assist. We had 2 new members today who enjoyed the session.

NCS students returned today at Hendon Town Hall for the second day. Members were very pleased to see them again. We also had some new members.

Members from Dementia Club UK and students from NCS on the stairs of Hendon Town Hall
Members from Dementia Club UK and students from NCS on the stairs of Hendon Town Hall

The students started with some singing from Lisa’s song sheets and Stefan the mentor brought in his guitar to play along as everyone sang. The session then followed with a game of charades by the students. The members were very good at getting the answers. Tina one of the Carers also had a go.

NCS students singing at Dementia Club UK
NCS students singing at Dementia Club UK

Members enjoyed playing charades and laughed so much. Lisa then took the exercise part of the session and then followed with games as usual. The students really enjoyed interacting with the members and playing table tennis. Lisa then suggested to give the students a little guided tour of the Town Hall showing them the Mayors pictures and the Chamber.

They were very grateful. Before saying goodbye to our students we all grouped together on the stairs for a photo. As usual NCS students were amazing and the members really enjoyed having them for 2 days.

Lots of laughter for everyone as charades is played
Lots of laughter for everyone as charades is played

Thank you to our volunteers Melvyn who attended today and also the Mayor’s secretary Mary who had time to volunteer today.