Although it was pounding with rain today it was amazing to see so many members arrive. I announced a few coming events and distributed the new program.

The session followed with Kevin who took the quiz. Everyone always enjoy quizzes with Kevin as he makes them laugh. Richard then arrived and the session followed with chair Yoga.

Dementia Club UK members doing chair yoga exercises taken by Richard
Dementia Club UK members doing chair yoga exercises taken by Richard

I finished with reading a few jokes which everyone enjoys and then a little sing-along and dancing. Everyone left with a smile.

My thanks to my volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn, Dr Angela and we also had a new volunteer today Chris who came from St Michael's Greek Orthodox Church in Golders Green. He heard me speak on Sunday to the congregation and wanted to attend the session.

Pat and Sandra from the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood were session leaders today as Sasha was on holiday. There were 10 members today.

It was a pleasure to see Marion again from Tesco Borehamwood volunteering to help. It was also a pleasure to see our new DCUK GP Doctor Rebecca Hatjiosif. A few of the members had their blood pressures taken and also wanted to discuss some medical concerns.

I also provided advice and information to a few of the carers that approached me.

Pat started the session with a quiz. She gave members a copy of the new Town Crier magazine and they had to find the answers to the quiz from the magazine. Members didn’t get a chance to finish as it was time for Sarah to do the exercises with the members which they always enjoy.

The session then followed with Clare the singer who came and entertained members getting them to sing and some of them to dance. It was a very enjoyable session.

Pat provided the answers to the quiz and then the last part of the session, members were introduced to a few games. There was Putting golf, darts with Velcro balls, Tin Can Alley (stack the tins and throw the bean bags), 2 packs of playing cards and skittles. The Putting golf was the favourite.

Thank you to all our volunteers including Marijke, Eleanor and Patrick.

Lisa was invited by Father Vasileios the priest in charge of the church to come and give a talk about dementia and her charity Dementia Club UK. Some of our members attended who gave out leaflets before Lisa started presenting. There was a lot of interest and questions asked afterwards whilst having a cup of tea later in the Church Hall.

Lisa presenting in the nave of St Michaels. The alter is behind the templon screen with Saints images painted on it
Lisa presenting in the nave of St Michaels. The alter is behind the templon screen with Saints images painted on it
Lisa talking about dementia and how Dementia Club UK can help sufferers and carers alike
Lisa talking about dementia and how Dementia Club UK can help sufferers and carers alike

We would like to thank Father Vasileios for inviting Lisa to speak and for hosting tea and sandwiches and cakes in the Church Hall after.

Lisa will be attending the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Cross & St Michael on Sunday, 10th September 2017 at The Riding, Golders Green Road, NW11 8HL.

Lisa will talk at the end of the Service about dementia and how Dementia Club UK can help those suffering with dementia and their carers to receive the information and advice they need and also have a better quality of life.

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Cross & St Michael September Programme
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Cross & St Michael September Programme

 

We welcomed a full capacity of guests today who enjoyed refreshments along with a quiz & music from the excellent James le Bec. Afterwards we played games, including table tennis, which was enjoyed by all age groups.

Full capacity, almost 50 people which included a few new members
Full capacity, almost 50 people which included a few new members

Two birthdays were celebrated . We enjoyed listening to a CD recorded by one of our guests from a while ago and hope to welcome everybody next month.

Alfonso playing dominoes at Sha'arei Tsedek in a Dementia Club UK session
Alfonso playing dominoes at Sha'arei Tsedek in a Dementia Club UK session

Written by session leader, Gilda