I would like to say a few words with affection about a special club Mollie and I have found.

It has about seven or eight different nationalities as members. They talk and get on well together. They laugh and joke together and also sometimes dance and sing together, even including “She Will Be Coming Round The Mountain When She Comes”!

Strangely enough they also play indoors golf together. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if the whole world behaved like that without conflict or war?

BY JAMES HALE – Thanks to Dementia Club UK

The programme for 2018 - 2019 has just been published this can be downloaded as a PDF from our site.

After yesterday’s session at Finchley Memorial Hospital with Elvis, today’s session was not very busy. We had 2 visitors from Barnet Copthall – Jalpa Assani and Annalisa Cellini.

Lisa started the session with True and False quiz questions and then followed with some poetry reading about what makes people happy. Lisa then encouraged members to talk about what makes them happy.

Lisa was then nicely surprised to see an old friend Patricia Waldron arrive. Patricia is a care home manager at Aarandale Manor Luxury care Home in Mill Hill and she arrived today with one of the residents as she was interested to see the dementia club.

Jane then arrived and members were ready for their exercises. The exercises finished off with the 3 music song favourites that members enjoy dancing to and this followed with some social activities – ball catching and Putting golf.

It was full house today as members were excited to see Elvis. Lisa started off with quiz questions about Elvis to get members prepared for the Show.

Pete Webb who acts as Elvis then walked into the room in his light Blue Elvis glittering suit. The excitement from that moment to the end was electrifying. Pete was fantastic in every way with his voice as Elvis and also his body moves singing some of the favourite Elvis great hits.

Elvis at Dementia Club UK in Finchley Memorial Hospital
Elvis at Dementia Club UK in Finchley Memorial Hospital

We had a new volunteer today – Timothy who was very helpful during the session helping Melvyn our other volunteer. It was also a lovely surprise to see Jennifer one of the carers that used to attend with her mother Joan.

Everyone had a really amazing time today and can’t wait for me to book Pete again.

Today's report is from Justine who led the session at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone:

"Our members were served tea, coffee and lovely biscuits & cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other. Justine Khedoory then did a short quiz which everyone participated in.

After a short while, a lovely lady called Jane did some fun exercises with our members which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

Jane leading the chair exercises
Jane leading the chair exercises

This was followed by a lively session of entertainment provided by the very talented James LeBec. James sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. It was great fun! The atmosphere was fantastic!

James LeBec singing some favourite songs
James LeBec singing some favourite songs

One of our members, the lovely Chrystalla was celebrating a Special Birthday today, so we all sang Happy Birthday to her! After James left, the members continued to chat and there was also table tennis, mini golf & darts! 30 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Stephen, Judy, Keith & Caroline and Mark one of the charity Trustees."