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

Members today had the pleasure of meeting a new entertainer singer called Clare who was first introduced to the Elstree & Borehamwood venue.

However before she started singing, James one of the careers wanted to say a few words to the members. He had a magazine article he wanted to read to everyone called the Power of Music. It was saying how music is therapeutic and helps us in many ways.

James reading an article about the Power of Music
James reading an article about the Power of Music

Another member Brian wanted to talk about his experience when he went to see another of the members in hospital. He described what he saw and how he was to see the other member and then he said how the 2 nurses were fantastic. It was lovely to hear him speak and express himself. DCUK likes to give members the opportunity to speak.

Brian talked about his experience visting another member in hospital
Brian talked about his experience visting another member in hospital

The session then continued with Clare who was absolutely amazing and got everyone singing and a few members dancing. There was very little time for anything else but everyone really had a great time. This is what DCUK is about. A time for everyone to forget about their day to day issues and just immerse themselves in the 2 hours at the session.

Alfonso dancing with Clare our fantastic new singer
Alfonso dancing with Clare our fantastic new singer

There was time at the end for some jokes. I read 3 jokes and had everyone leaving with a smile.

Thanks to my volunteers Melvyn, Eleanor and Dr Angela

Today was a very busy session and we also had some new members. Lisa led the session again with Sasha as Pat and Sandra were away.

New table layout with games in the centre
New table layout with games in the centre

Lisa organised the Elstree & Borehamwood Fire Brigade to attend today and members were excited to meet them. The officer in charge, Commander Gary Shinn attended with 2 of his crew from White Watch. A short talk was given to members about fire safety and members were also given the opportunity to ask questions after. The Crew Commander also informed members that if they had no fire alarms in their house they would be happy to fit them for free.

Commander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with Sasha, Lisa and Cllr Eric Silver Mayor or Elstree and BorehamwoodCommander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with Sasha, Lisa and Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood

We had the local newspaper reporter Morgan from Elstree & Borehamwood Borough Times who stayed for the whole session as she wanted to report about Dementia Club UK. My thanks for Morgan for attending today.

Members were delighted that the fire engine was also parked outside and therefore wanted to take the opportunity to have a group photo with the Crew. Everyone including the Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver with members, volunteers and committee members joined in the group photo.

Commander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with members of Dementia Club UK, our partners from Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood with Mayor Eric Silver in the Fire Engine cabCommander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with members of Dementia Club UK, our partners from Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood with Mayor Eric Silver in the Fire Engine cab

The session then followed with chair exercises with Sarah which everyone always really enjoys and then followed with a quiz, some singing and some members even got up and danced. As there were a few games out, members also enjoyed trying them out.

We had a surprise visit from our new GP Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif who will be attending most sessions at Elstree and Borehamwood Dementia Club. Members were delighted to meet her. DCUK is pleased to now have 2 doctors to help members.

Dementia Club UK would like to thank Commander Gary Shinn and his crew for their talk and their time with the members

Commander Gary Shinn and his crew explaining fire safety to the members of Dementia Club UKCommander Gary Shinn and his crew explaining fire safety to the members of Dementia Club UK

My thanks to Sasha for providing her lovely cakes, Sasha’s son Michael and Xandy and Patrick in charge of signing in the members, Marijke for helping in the kitchen with teas and coffees. Eleanor a volunteer from Barnet who also attended again to help. Thank you to Marion from Tesco Borehamwood for also helping during the session. We must not forget our Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver who members always enjoy to see.

It was a special day today for one of the members. Andreas was celebrating his 79th birthday today with his family.

Marina brought in a huge home baked carrot cake, crisps and soft drinks. Our thanks to Marina and her family.

Andreas and his family celebrating his 79th birthday
Andreas and his family celebrating his 79th birthday

We did the usual Happy Birthday with the firework candle and then the session followed with a quiz about 1960's advertising slogans. Members found that slightly difficult but interesting.

The session then followed with chair exercises with Sarah who normally takes the exercises at the Elstree and Borehamwood venue, she was a great hit with the members who really enjoyed her exercises and would love to see her again.

 Sarah was a great hit with the members of Dementia Club UK
Sarah was a great hit with the members of Dementia Club UK

The session followed with some Greek dancing. Andreas had a lovely time and Sarah also tried the Zorba dance.

We had a lovely surprise as Annette visited today and helped out, many thanks to Annette.