Today we had 2 visitors.

We had Ms Ellen Bernstein a speech and language therapist who specialises with stroke victims but has also had some experience with dementia sufferers. She gave various examples of her work which everyone found interesting.

We also had a visitor from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Ms Simone Chinman-Russell, Executive Director of Housing and Communities. Her visit was to observe a Dementia Club UK session with the opportunity of may be setting up a similar dementia cafe in Welwyn Hatfield with Dementia Club UK. Members welcomed our visitors.

Ms Ellen Bernstein a speech and language therapist
Ms Ellen Bernstein a speech and language therapist

I also informed members that Valerie recently became a new Trustee for Dementia Club UK. Everyone congratulated Valerie.

We also had 2 birthdays today. Adrian’s mother Stella is 96 years of age and Tita had her birthday yesterday and is 84 years of age. Stella also had a few family members with her and friends. Adrian the President of Rotary Club of Golders Green brought a beautiful balloon display for his mother and also arranged for the tables to have lovely tablecloths. He also brought a very large chocolate cake. Members were very spoilt today with so many cakes.

Stella & Adrian and Tita & Rosetta celebrating birthdays at DCUK
Stella & Adrian and Tita & Rosetta celebrating birthdays at DCUK

We celebrated the 2 birthdays in the usual DCUK fashion and Stella and everyone sang Happy Birthday. The session followed with some singing and poetry reading and reading some jokes and then followed with Exercise to music with Lisa and dancing and then with social activities. It was a very busy and enjoyable session.

Thank you to all our Rotary volunteers Jeff, Dick, Ian, Kuljit and of course Risson for helping with the session teas and coffees. Thank you also to our Rotary President Adrian for all the extra pleasures which were appreciated. Also thanks to Sara from Barnet Carers who was able to help a few members who needed advice and information.

Dementia Club UK and The Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood were delighted to receive a £300 celebration grant to be used for the 'Older People's Day during Silver Week' on 3rd October 2017.

Lisa Rutter Chairman of Dementia Club UK organised everything for this celebration afternoon. There were plenty of sandwiches and cakes and refreshments and the tables were beautifully decorated with red tablecloths and flower arrangements and we also had small fresh flower arrangements along the stage.

The event was very successful and I was very pleased to welcome the Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver, some of the Elstree and Borehamwood Dementia Club members who attend the Tuesdays Elstree and Borehamwood Dementia Club UK at Fairway Hall and was also pleased to welcome a group of Dementia Club UK members from the Borough of Barnet.

Lisa had organised a live jazz quartet - the Ionian Classical Clarinet Quartet who played some live Jazz. Everyone enjoyed lots of singing and some dancing and also enjoyed the food. We also celebrated a member's birthday in the usual Dementia Club UK way with a small birthday cake with not only a normal candle but also a firework birthday candle. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and the birthday member also takes home the cake.

Our thanks to the volunteers who attended and helped during the session and the members of the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood committee. A big thank you to Hertsmere Borough Council for funding this event.

The local paper also wrote an article, click the link below:

Here is a YouTube of the event:


I was delighted to attend the Silver Sunday afternoon tea at Woodhouse College N12 organised by Barnet Council and Barnet Senior Assembly ‘BSA’.

The Mayor of Barnet attended and visited all the various stalls including Dementia Club UK There were about 300 people that attended and this was the first time at this venue which was very successful.

The Mayor of Barnet at Silver Sunday afternoon tea at Woodhouse College N12
The Mayor of Barnet at Silver Sunday afternoon tea at Woodhouse College N12

There was various entertainment and prize giving sponsored by the Rotary Club of Barnet who gave prizes to artworks done by people in care homes and other organisations. Well done to BSA and Barnet Council for organising this.

There were a small number of members at Hendon Town Hall today, but a very enjoyable session with lots of laughter.

I gave them some brain teaser quizzes which were really fun and then distributed some safety bells which were provided by the Safer Neighbourhood Police. These small bells are attached to a purse in a lady's handbag. If someone then tries to put his hand in the handbag then the person will be alerted.

The session then followed with exercise to music and also dancing which everyone enjoyed. We then had a chat about holiday destinations and some members enjoyed talking about their holidays and lots of memories.

Thanks to volunteer Darica who is a University student

Annette took the session again today at Finchley Memorial Hospital and she wrote the following:

The session started with the usual protocol and there were thirty-one members and two volunteers; Karen and Eleanor in attendance. Laurie was given a rousing applause after welcoming him and announcing he had been in hospital for six days and now fully recovered.

The lost and found umbrella was also thankfully received by its owner. There was one birthday celebrant present i.e. Brian Smith. We all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and gave him birthday wishes. The session then followed with a music quiz and followed with usual games of golf.

The earlier part of the day was spent discussing famous people using photos of them. Conversation was on things the famous did that made them loved, that inspired people and the impact of success on us all. Members were reminded that we all have successes to celebrate in our own lives too.

The session ended with gratitude and information was given on the next two sessions to be held on 28th September and 2nd October.

Our thanks to Annette, Karen and Eleanor.